Junior Police Academy changes perceptions

A group of teenagers in Elizabeth City, North Carolina are learning there’s more to police than what they see on TV. According to an article posted on The Daily Advance, 21 people ranging in age from 13 – 18 participated in the Junior Police Academy at the Elizabeth City State University campus.

Several of the students said that their view of police officershas changed since they started the class. One student is even quoted as saying he believes many people’s perception of cops is formed by a few crooked cops and is not based on actual interaction.

What are your thoughts? Do you think junior academies would help change public perception? Should it be open to all ages, not just teenagers? Would it help improve relations between police and civilians?