Youth Academy gives students taste of life on duty

MESA COUNTY, Colo. If your high school sophomore or junior is thinking about a career in law enforcement or the military, Colorado State Patrol has the perfect program for them to get a taste of the life.

For one week, attendees of the Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy work, play and live like a state trooper.

And the boys in blue say the experience is a great window into their world.

"The Youth Academy is basically a compressed State Patrol Academy," says Trooper Dan Chermok. "They'll get in there they'll do some physical fitness, they eat out food, they sleep in our bunks, they actually drive our cars, they'll shoot our guns down at our range."

Applicants for the youth academy must be at least 16 years old by June 15, 2014, a high school junior or senior in fall 2014, and must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Applications are available at the CSP office in Fruita and are due by March 7th.

Space is very limited.

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