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April 2, 2019

“Junior Sheriff’s Academy” open to students 13 to 15

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The academy, June 25-27 at Taylor Middle School in Warrenton, will include demonstrations by the sheriff’s K9 unit and others.
The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office will offer teenagers a chance to learn about public safety agencies this summer.

The first “Junior Sheriff’s Academy” will take place June 25-27 at William C. Taylor Middle School in Warrenton.

Open to students 13 to 15 years old, the academy will cover the basic functions of a law enforcement agency and information about careers in public safety. Participants will meet members of the sheriff’s office and other agencies.

The three-day academy will include exposure to the sheriff’s tactical team, drone operations, school resource officers, crime scene investigation, bike unit, K9 unit, gun safety, the Warrenton Police Department Motor Unit and group field activities.

To qualify for the academy, students:

• Must attend Fauquier County schools and be between the ages of 13 and 15 at the time of the academy.

• Must be able to participate in physical activity such as running and jumping.

• Must be able to attend the entire academy with transportation to and from Taylor Middle School.

• Must arrive by 8:30 a.m. and be picked up at 4 p.m. each day.

• Must be in good standing with no serious discipline or criminal issues.
When the academy class of 40 is set, the enrollment process will be closed and all remaining applications received will be placed on a waiting list. If any vacancies occur, they will be filled in the order the applications were received.

Application requirements include registration, field trip permission and medical release forms. Applications will be accepted April 15 through May 3.

Applications — available on the sheriff’s office website — must be mailed or delivered to: Lt. Rick MacWelch, c/o Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, 78 W. Lee St. Warrenton, Va. 20186.

Once academy coordinators approve an application, a confirmation email with additional information will be sent on May 15.

For more information, contact Lt. MacWelch at 540-422-8615 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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