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Youth Police Camp accepting teen participants

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police (ISP) and the American Legion have announced plans for the 41st annual American Legion Youth Police Camp (ALYPC) to be at the Illinois National Guard Academy located at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, from June 23 to 28.

Dozens of aspiring teens from across Illinois will discover career opportunities through training with police and military. The primary purpose of the ALYPC is to establish an interactive and positive relationship between Illinois teens and law enforcement officers. The week-long residency camp is structured to promote educational and learning opportunities for youth ages 14-16 in the areas of law enforcement, military, leadership, cultural diversity, personal development, physical fitness, social and interpersonal skills.American Legion volunteers and ISP Troopers are assigned to manage the program and serve as instructors and mentors. Many of the Legion and ISP volunteers are former graduates of the program.

“The American Legion Youth Police Camp is an excellent opportunity for teens to express ideas, learn about responsibility and gain self-confidence,” said American Legion Commander Wayne Wagner. “Our partnership with the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Army National Guard provides a structured environment for youth to objectively learn about the daily responsibilities and career opportunities in law enforcement and the military."

The ALYPC Cadets will be honored at a graduation ceremony on June 28, and will receive a graduation certificate. The American Legion will accept applications until noon, June 22. Teenagers 14-16 are encouraged to apply and attend the 2013 ALYPC for an enriching experience.

For more information about the ALYPC, contact Ron Payne at 217-370-0638, or ISP Sergeant Matt Boerwinkle at 217-782-6637. Camp applications are available online at: http://illegion.org/forms/Youth%20Police%20Brochure%20(2013).pdf/.

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