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JoBeth Humphries of Clearwater-Orchard and Becca Fleetwood of Elkhorn Valley are among the 32 young women attending the American Legion Junior Law Cadet Program in Grand Island this week.
In its 48th year, the week-long academy follows a strict itinerary providing the cadets firsthand knowledge of what is required to become a law enforcement officer in Nebraska. The participants begin each day at 6:15 a.m. with physical fitness training, followed by a flag raising ceremony.
The cadets are attending the Jr. Law Academy from June 8-12. During their stay, they will receive hands-on experiences to include defensive tactics, firearms, fingerprinting, vehicle operations and patrolling.
American Legion Posts from across the state nominated the cadets, who were then selected by District. Participants were selected based on worthy character, interest in law enforcement, evidence of self-discipline and the ability to share the knowledge gained with others. The American Legion and the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) originated the Junior Law Cadet program in Nebraska. The program has since been used as a model in many other states.
The young women participating are from communities across Nebraska to include: Anselmo, Arapahoe, Blue Hill, Burwell, Central City, Clearwater, Cody, Columbus, Deshler, Grand Island, Hay Springs, Kearney, Lincoln, Marquette, Minden, Omaha, O’Neill, Petersburg, South Sioux City, St Paul, Sutherland, Tilden, West Point, and York.
A graduation ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center/Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island.