During the June 18 village board meeting, Romeoville officials congratulated 12 teens who completed this year's Youth Police Academy.
"This is a great opportunity to help expand their education and see firsthand what officers face on a daily basis," said Mayor John Noak. "In addition, it fosters a positive relationship between the officers and the participants."
The Romeoville Police Youth Academy is a free one-week program held at the Romeoville Police Department. The academy was formed to provide a fun and educational view of police work while providing teenagers with an opportunity to explore career and leadership opportunities, life skills and character education. Participants learned the many skills needed to be successful police officers in today's world through daily exercises. In addition to hands-on experience in learning defensive tactics, processing crime scenes, physical fitness, and officer survival, participants learned how to conduct criminal investigations, tactical operations and traffic enforcement.