- Apr 24
MPD Announces New Junior Police Academy
The Martinsburg Police Department announced today the start of its new 2019 Junior Police Academy. The Junior Police Academy will be a special opportunity for young people to learn about the job of policing, work closely with expert police instructors, achieve goals, make new friends, and have fun. “Our new Junior Police Academy is going to be the greatest that we have ever seen,” stated Chief Maury Richards. “This amazing program will help motivate young people to be outstanding citizens and empower them to act as a positive influence in our community. I’m excited,” Richards added.
Two separate sessions will be held at Orchard View Intermediate School, located at 1455 Delmar Orchard Road. The first is scheduled from June 24 to 28 and the second from August 5 to 9. The times will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enrollment will be limited to students who will be entering Grades 5, 6, and 7 from Orchard View and Eagle Intermediate Schools and North and South Middle Schools. Applications are now available from the Principals and Counselors and at the Martinsburg Police Department. Enrollment will be limited to 50 students per session.
The Junior Police Academy will be under the direction and instruction of MPD Detective Corporal Jared Luciano, Patrolman Roderick Holloway, and Patrolman Aaron Miller. Guest speakers from other agencies and organizations will also be part of the week-long instruction. Students will learn about policing and the daily challenges that police officers face while serving our communities. Corporal Luciano, MPD’s lead instructor, has worked for months developing the program. “I love being a police officer and I’ve got to meet so many good people along the way. I just want to give something back to my community,” said Luciano. “The Junior Police Academy is going to be great for us and great for these kids. Working and learning together for a week will build the kind of positive relationships that can last a lifetime. It’s going to be so positive for their futures, and build confidence, mutual respect, and understanding,” he added.
Curriculum will include daily presentations in classroom and outdoor environments. Instruction will be both lecture and “hands-on” learning. Some physical training and drill formations will also be used for both fun and discipline. Training will include instruction and classes on: Police perceptions and reality, a traffic stop demonstration by MPD patrol officers; drug education; bike safety; an MPD Canine Unit demonstration and interaction; basic first aid; a Fire Department demonstration; anti-bullying training and positive role model training; and criminal investigations. Confidence will be built through physical training, drill formations, and public speaking. Public safety experts including representatives from the County Prosecutors Office, Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, and the Eastern Regional Jail will make presentations and lead discussions. Students will also learn important lessons in American history and values and flag etiquette and respect. A highlight of the Academy will be a field trip and guided tour of Antietam National Battlefield.
School bus pickup and drop-off will be provided at several school sites. Locations and schedules will be announced before classes begin. Lunches will be provided during the week. On the final day of each session, a graduation ceremony and lunch will be held for students who have successfully completed the training along with their parents and family members.
Deputy Chief George Swartwood stated that, “The Martinsburg Police Department Junior Police Academy is another shining example of our Department’s commitment to Our Kids, Our Community, and Our Future. The subject matter, student interaction, and hands-on activities will be varied and exciting.” “Our instructors can only be described as outstanding and will provide a safe, energetic, informative, and exemplary program. This will be a very positive and enlightening experience for everyone. Each student and graduate will be proud to be part of this academy,” Swartwood added.
MPD’s new Junior Police Academy is a collaboration with The Martinsburg Initiative (TMI), the ground-breaking opioid prevention program, and is supported by the federal TMI grant. The Martinsburg Initiative is an innovative partnership spearheaded by the Martinsburg Police Department, Berkeley County Schools, Shepherd University, and the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA program; providing a national model and long-term solution to the opioid crisis.