A group of high school students will start their summer vacation by living the life of a Kansas State Trooper. The Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy in Salina will host the Cadet Law Enforcement Academy in early June.
According to the patrol, the goal of Cadet Law is to give young men and women and opportunity to learn more about what law enforcement jobs entail—the duties, training, and discipline that go along with a career in the field. It teaches high school students a great deal about leadership, and about coming together as a team.
Students at Cadet Law are coached by KHP troopers who spend the week in Salina, encouraging the students, and helping them develop. College students who have attended the KHP Collegiate Law program will help mentor the high school students throughout the week.
Throughout the week the cadets have a rigorous schedule to follow. The students experience a variety of classroom instruction, and the real-world activities of a trooper. Cadets go to the firing range to practice using firearms. They also practice pursuit driving at the driving range, ride with the Patrol’s pilots in agency airplanes, and see presentations from the Patrol’s canine handlers. Car stop scenarios are practiced. Physical training and attention to detail are both emphasized throughout the duration of the training.
Students who have been accepted to attend the academy are in the summer between their Junior and Senior years of high school. They have a minimum of a “C+” academic average, and are deemed medically fit to participate in all activities.
Cadet Law will be held in Salina from June 7th – June 12th.