Some teens are using their summer break to learn more about what it takes to become a police officer.
 
The Anchorage Police Department hosted its fifth Youth Academy this week.
 
The group of 18 students practiced fingerprinting and crime scene analysis and got lessons from drug investigators and K-9 officers.
 
On the last day of class before their graduation on Thursday, they had a chance to hear from Officer Chad Schaeffer about his duties as a patrol officer.
 
Then, Chief Justin Doll handed out their graduation certificates.
 
Blake Rogers, 16, said he’s always been interested in law enforcement. He said the academy was a chance to get a behind-the scene’s look at their jobs.
 
"Just getting to talk to all the officers, all the people you do see on TV, the people you’ve looked up to their whole life, and I think it’s beneficial to meet them and get the backstory, learn more about the positions,” Rogers said.
 
APD will begin accepting applications in April 2019 for the June academy. Students must be able to pass a background check. There are slots for up to 30 people.

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