by Emily Waldrep
Woodville Police Department held its yearly Teen Police Academy on July 8 through July 12 and had approximately 25 students attend and complete the academy.
"The function of the academy is to allow the youth to see what we do, why we do it and to see a different perspective of what a police officer's job responsibility is," said Woodville Police Captain Mike McCulley. "We are trying to get the kids exposed to what we do in a positive way so that they could be inspired to be a first responder one day. There's a lot more than just catching the bad guys."
The academy features different speakers throughout the week, including Woodville Muncipal Judge Haney, DPS officers, SWAT team, CPR nurse and the Life Flight team from Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.
"They landed the helicopter at the school, and the kids got to go inside and see it, and the pilot talked to them about what they do," McCulley said. "The kids really got a lot out of that."
At the end of the week all of the students get a certificate of completion stating that they had been through the class.
The Woodville Police Department thanks Bubba Sheffield for organizing the event each year and helping to schedule speakers and activities.