Baldwin High School Participates in 6th Annual Nassau County Youth Police Academy
More than 25 Baldwin High School students interested in law enforcement recently took part in the Nassau County Youth Police Academy. This is the sixth consecutive time for the district to participate, continuing its ongoing partnership with the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD).
The students were presented with information from a wide range of areas, including the K9 Unit, Bureau of Special Operations (BSO), Aviation Unit, Equestrian Unit, and they even participated in an obstacle course to test their agility and strength. During the obstacle course, they were held to the same standards required to be a police officer. At times, the students were even put under critical situations and distractions, allowing them to practice how to stay focused under pressure.
The students also went from start to finish of a full criminal investigation. They learned how the investigators gathered information and how they linked evidence together to build a compelling case.
The students left the training with a better understanding of law enforcement and the different police departments.
Baldwin UFSD's partnership with NCPD continues to flourish.
Many students who once participated are now enrolled in the Nassau County Police Explorers Program—a more extensive training, where students complete one-on-one training with the police department on police tactics and provide community service to events within their neighborhood. This past October, more than ten students were inducted into the program. In fact, Baldwin was the biggest single school in attendance.
In addition, Craig Tupot, dean of students at Baldwin High School, had facilitated a presentation with Nassau County Police Officer Brown to speak to interested students about law enforcement, criminal justice, and the Police Explorers Program earlier this fall.