KSU at Trumbull Offers Youth Police Academy Experience

WARREN, Ohio – Kent State University at Trumbull is offering the Youth Police Academy Experience this fall and next spring to high school seniors. 

The new program is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the justice field. Students who complete the program are eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend KSU at Trumbull in fall 2024. 

Lecturer Lori Singer-Bare of the Criminology and Justice Studies program and Peace Officer Training Academy said she hopes local students will take advantage of the program to explore career opportunities in the justice system.

“We carefully put together this program to give students a well-rounded experience. Our campus is fortunate to have access to great instructors with valuable years of experience,” she said.

The four-week program begins Oct. 3 and will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday. The final session on Oct. 24 will include an extra hour to celebrate the students with lunch and a scholarship ceremony. The spring program, which begins Feb. 27, will follow the same schedule. 

Students will engage in hands-on training, such as intoxicated driver detection and prevention; crime scene investigations; traffic stops and use of radar and lidar; and race relations and policing.

Each program is limited to 50 spots, and the deadline to enroll is Sept. 4.

Singer-Bare said because of staffing shortages around the state, it is vital that police academies be more intentional when recruiting students. 

“Public safety is a concern for everyone,” she said. “This is a great time to get into an academy and start a career because there are so many opportunities locally and around the state.”

​​For more information, call Jenna Fox, assistant director of Admissions, Enrollment Management & Student Services, at 330 675 8935.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.