The South Dakota Highway Patrol and the American Legion of South Dakota are sponsoring a Youth Trooper Academy in Pierre at the South Dakota Law Enforcement Training Center on June 25-29.
The academy is open to 16- and 17-year-old male and female students entering their senior year of high school. Each candidate must be in good academic standing with their school and possess a valid South Dakota driver license. The program is open to all senior students, regardless of race, color, gender, religion or national origin.
"This program is an intensive, one-week learning experience that will be mentally and physically demanding," said Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the Highway Patrol. "Candidates should be highly motivated, of good moral and ethical character, and have an interest in a career in law enforcement."
Price also wants potential candidates to know that the Youth Trooper Academy utilizes a paramilitary approach to training, and discipline is strict.
The application deadline is April 20 with space limited to 16 students from across South Dakota.
Successful candidates are sponsored by their local American Legion Post to attend the academy free of charge.
For more information, visit http://www.sdlegion.org/trooperinfo.htm.