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Kids get hands on training at youth police academy

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kids are getting hands on training as they join Louisville Metro's Police Department for the week.

LMPD's youth police academy is teaching kids a valuable lesson about the responsibilities and duties of police officers.

"It's hard sometimes but you have to fight through it," said 15-year old Deja Mendoza.

These kids are getting a glimpse at life as a police officer, something that may be in their future.

"I've got friends that are police officers and I've always been interested in helping the community," said 18-year old Michael Johnson.

"We need them, we need good people so maybe if they start making the right decisions now in life they'll be ready when the turn 21 to be a police officer," said Lt. Brent Routzahn, SWAT commander.

The training program is only one week long, but LMPD is hoping this leaves a lasting impression.        

"If they learn the lessons now maybe they can prevent the same stuff from happening in the future," said Lt. Routzahn.

The second session starts on Monday, July 8th.

If you'd like to enroll your child, just email lmpdcpa@louisvilleky.gov or call 502-574-7423.

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