Junior Law Cadets Academy
A look at the Junior Law Cadets Academy (CREDIT: (Matt Dixon / Grand Island Independent)

A total of 37 young women got the opportunity to train with Nebraska’s elite law enforcement at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center/ Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy last week in Grand Island.

Now, in its 47th year, the Junior Law Cadets Academy teaches those interested “what is required to become law enforcement officer in Nebraska,” according to 1011now.com.

American Legion Posts from across the state nominated the cadets, who were then selected by District. Participants were selected based on worthy character, interest in law enforcement, evidence of self-discipline and the ability to share the knowledge gained with others.

During the week-long program, cadets are given a full basic training experience. The Grand Island Independent reported that during their training, the cadets learn about “defensive tactics, SWAT operations, drug investigations, municipal and federal law enforcement, accident investigations, gangs, Internet crimes, polygraph examinations, firearms, bomb technicians, police service dogs and criminal investigations, among other things.”

The women’s Junior Law Cadets Academy program took place last week, with a graduation ceremony on Friday, June 13. The men’s program, which saw a total of 40 participants, wraps on June 20.

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