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High School Students Participate in AWC Law Enforcement Academy

Jun. 19th, 2014

Larry Lebsock
Director, AWC Early College Experience
Arizona Western College
(928) 344-7742

Alison Howell
Media Relations Director
Arizona Western College
(928) 314-9594

High School Students Participate in AWC Law Enforcement Academy

Yuma, AZ (June 19, 2014)-Fifteen local high school students participated last week in the Arizona Western College ICE Skills USA Law Enforcement Academy. The Academy is a 6 day intensive training for students interested in learning more about law enforcement. Students from Gila Ridge, Yuma, Kofa and Cibola High School were selected to attend the program through an application and interview process. Classes ran June 8th through June 13th.

After completion of the Academy, students earned 3 AWC credits in AJS 230 “The Police Function”. Each topic was covered by an expert from the City of Yuma Police Department. The instruction went beyond providing the student with just a familiarization of the topic to an application of the knowledge and skills being taught.

On Thursday, June 12th, the students were tested on their ability to apply their knowledge of typical law enforcement skills. They were placed in real life police situations and had to demonstrate their skills to successfully work through a scenario. Students had their final exams on Friday and the academy closed with a graduation.

“The ICE Law Enforcement Academy is by far one of the best educational programs that I have seen. The success of this program comes from the educators, law enforcement professionals, and representatives from local businesses and organizations that enthusiastically partner together to provide the skills and knowledge needed for our students to thrive in the field of law enforcement,” said Larry Lebsock, Director of the AWC Early College Experience. Lebsock has had an opportunity to see many Career and Technical training programs across the United States.

Partners in this project include the City of Yuma Police Department, Arizona Western College Administration of Justice Programs, Arizona Western College Foundation, Arizona Western College Office of Early College Experiences, Yuma Union High School District, Sunrise Optimist Club of Yuma, Fort Yuma Rotary Club, Fraternal Order of Police, Yuma Crossing, Rotary and Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Yuma.


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