Several Sachem students are among a group of youngsters who will graduate from the Suffolk County Police Department’s Youth Academy on Friday.
Congrats to the following students from Sachem:
Samuel Bensin Sachem East
Alexandria Drake Sachem East
Samantha Drake Sachem East
Stephen Fiedorowicz Sachem North
Christian Ortiz-Leguizaman Sachem East
Prior to the graduation ceremony at the Brentwood campus of Suffolk Community College, students will put skills they learned at the academy to the test during a timed Police Challenge Obstacle Course. The physical fitness test is a culmination of what students have learned during their youth academy training. The test will be a simulated police call during which students will run, climb a wall, drag a mannequin and handcuff a suspect.
The Youth Academy is an educational program that offers specialized training to familiarize the youth of Suffolk County with the role of a police officer; provide them with the opportunity to learn respect for the law; instill in them personal responsibility and the importance of teamwork by providing positive interaction with police officers; and by educating young people about the challenges and responsibilities of police work.
This is the second class to graduate from the academy this year and includes 41 students from Suffolk County high schools who participated in five days of training in police operations and procedures including crime scene investigation, laws of arrest, patrol tactics, traffic enforcement and police pursuits.