POLICE CADETS FINISH SUMMER TRAINING

by Gair on August 20, 2013

TWO MEN IN THEIR LATE TEENS ARE FINISHING UP A SUMMER OF TRAINING WORKING WITH MEMBERS OF THE CONWAY POLICE DEPARTMENT AS POLICE CADETS.

SGT. GEORGE WALKER SAYS TAYLOR MATHIEU OF ALBANY AND CHRISTOPHER AMARAL OF CONWAY HAVE EACH WORKED 24 HOURS A WEEK THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER LEARNING POLICE OPERATIONS AND PROCEDURES AFTER COMPLETING A WEEK OF BASIC TRAINING AT NEW HAMPSHIRE’S STATE CADET ACADEMY.

WALKER SAYS THE PROGRAM HE ADMINISTERS HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR MANY YEARS AND THE NEED FOR IT CONTINUES TO GENERATE INTEREST IN YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT CAREERS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT.

BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT SWORN OFFICERS, THE CADETS DO NOT WEAR UNIFORMS OR CARRY WEAPONS.

WALKER SAYS BOTH CADETS HAVE DONE VERY WELL THROUGH THE SUMMER AND AS IT’S BEEN BUSY, THEY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF CALLS FOR SERVICE. THEY HAVE ALSO WORKED WITH POLICE DISPATCHERS, LEARNED ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS AND WASHED SOME CRUISERS.

WALKER ENCOURAGES BOTH MEN TO RETURN IN 2014 IF THEY WANT TO CONTINUE TO LEARN ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT.

WALKER WILL TALK TO THE CADETS FRIDAY MORNING ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES AND FUTURE PLANS. HE SAYS GOING TO COLLEGE OR ENTERING MILITARY SERVICE ARE BOTH GOOD PREPARATORY ROUTES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREERS.

WALKER SAYS THERE HAS BEEN A RETURN ON THE DEPARTMENT’S INVESTMENT IN THE CADET PROGRAM AS PEOPLE WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH IT IN THE PAST HAVE BECOME CONWAY POLICE OFFICERS.

THE TWO CADETS WILL GET AN OFFICIAL SEND-OFF FROM MEMBERS OF THE CONWAY POLICE DEPARTMENT FRIDAY.

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