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Iona Hosts Westchester Youth Police Academy

Police helicopter landing on Iona softball field
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Beginning this month the new home of the Westchester Youth Police Academy is Iona College.

On Wednesday, May 24, the program included a Westchester County police helicopter landing on Iona's Donald E. Walsh Softball Field on Rice Oval -- and a review of aviation in law enforcement.  See a story on the event in The Journal News.  
The Westchester Youth Police Academy is a six-week, full-time internship program for high school seniors with an interest in criminal justice and law enforcement. The academy is a collaborative effort between municipal police departments and high schools in Westchester who offer full time internships for students. Thirty-nine students representing 13 area high schools including Rye, Rye Neck, Peekskill, Byram Hills, Mamaroneck, Dobbs Ferry, Port Chester, Sleepy Hollow and others are participating in this year's academy.
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The WYPA provides students with the unique opportunity to directly experience life as a law enforcement officer and consists of:
  • Rigorous physical training -- running, calisthenics, defensive tactics, obstacle course
  • College‐level criminal justice instruction -- New York state laws, use of force, criminal investigation
  • Criminal justice facilities visits -- court houses, jail/prisons, forensic labs, 9/11 memorial museum
  • Ride‐along program -- patrol various municipalities of Westchester County
Students attending can receive three credits from Iona College's Criminal Justice program and its Introduction to Law Enforcement course.