NEWTON, NC (July 25, 2017)—Members of the Newton Police Department Cadet Program recently took part in the University of Excellence at the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg.
Cadets in attendance included Tyler Church, Jake Weathers, Ben Lancaster, and Josh Talbert. Master Officer Patrick Evans, Master Officer Dylan Scism, and Sgt. BJ Cloninger attended as advisors and participated as instructors at the academy.
Church and Weathers, who were attending the academy for the second year, participated in a variety of advanced classes. In patrol techniques, they took part in mock disturbance calls and domestic situations. The traffic enforcement session covered traffic stops and citations. Another class focused on mock court proceedings.
Lancaster and Talbert, who were attending the academy for the first time, took classes in constitutional law, handcuffing techniques, and crowd management training.
Cadets went through a boot camp-style program that challenged them to perform at their best, both mentally and physically. Days at the academy began at 4:30 a.m., and cadets usually did not go to bed before 11 p.m. Daily drills included flag calls, formations, marching training, and room inspections. All cadets took written tests to verify they had learned the material covered the previous day. If one team member fell short of expectations, all members were held accountable.
By the end of the week, Weathers received an MVP award from his peers in the advanced class. Talbert was nominated as MVP by the academy advisors because of his overall leadership and participation throughout the week.
Newton’s cadets and advisors spent a week at the University of Excellence from June 25-30. The Newton Cadet Program is part of the North Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors.
With the University of Excellence completed for this year, cadets are now preparing for a Survival Weekend this fall. Newton’s cadets have won several awards at the University of Excellence and Survival Weekend.
“Newton’s Cadet Program is an invaluable resource for any young person who thinks he or she might be interested in becoming a police officer,” Newton Police Chief Don Brown said. “Law enforcement is a greatly rewarding career, but it can be tough. This program allows teenagers to get a firsthand look at what it’s like to be an officer, and that experience allows them to be better able to make important decisions about their future.”
The Newton Police Department is currently accepting applications to the Cadet Program. The program is open to anyone age 14-20 who may be interested in a career in law enforcement. For more information about the program, please contact Officer Evans, Officer Scism, or Sgt. Cloninger at 828-465-7430. Officers will also be in the local middle and high schools early this fall to sign up new cadets.
Members and advisors of the Newton Police Department Cadet Program stand at a memorial for fallen officers during a recent trip to the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg. Pictured, from left, are Officer Dylan Scism, Officer BJ Cloninger, Cadet Josh Talbert, Cadet Ben Lancaster, Cadet Jake Weathers, Cadet Sgt. Tyler Church, and Officer Patrick Evans.