Millsboro to offer citizens’ police academy for local youth
Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway plans to offer a police academy for youth, on the heels of the successful adult course that began in October and attracted more than 20 participants.
The Millsboro Town Council, at their Nov. 4 meeting, approved his request to use $2,750 from a $6,750 JAG Byrne grant awarded to the police department to fund the academy for youth ages 10 to 15 years old next summer.
“It will be geared toward kids who have an interest in law enforcement, but not just kids who want to be police officers. We are looking for civic-minded kids. We want to develop positive relationships between police officers and youth,” Calloway told the Coastal Point.
The grant money would be used to buy fitness equipment and pay for field trips.
“What happens with kids is, there are fewer programs for them in those early years. This would be great for team-building exercises, everything from learning how to work together to completing certain exercises.
“This will be the first time we have ever done anything like this in Millsboro. Another agency that has put on a junior police academy is Georgetown. It is in collaboration with their school resource officer program,” Calloway said.
The remaining $4,000 in grant money will go to pay for a bike rodeo sponsored by the police department. Planned in partnership with the Delaware Department of Transportation, and set up in the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement in the spring of 2020, the rodeo will give participants an opportunity to learn riding safety tips. Participants will also receive equipment such as helmets and lights.
“We provide this free bike equipment for the safety of our children. Kids under 16 have to wear a bike helmet, and we want to be sure they have them.
By Susan Canfora