Spencer Minyo, of Fayette County, completed training recently for the Ohio State Patrol’s Junior Cadet Program held June 25-29 at the Highway Patrol Training Academy in Columbus.
Minyo was one of 40 Junior Cadet participants selected from applications submitted by young men and women who attended Buckeye Boys and Girls State earlier this month, exhibited exemplary performance throughout the previous school year, or eligible children of Patrol employees who will be high school seniors this year.
The Junior Cadet Program is designed to give young people better insight into the challenges faced by law enforcement officers by enabling them to experience a typical week at the Training Academy. To enhance their learning experience, Junior Cadets are required to stay at the Training Academy, sleep in the dormitories and dine in the cafeteria.
While at the Academy, they gain knowledge from Patrol Academy staff regarding crash investigation, officer/violator contacts, self-defense tactics, K-9 operations, emergency vehicle operations, motorcycle operations, impaired driver apprehension and military drill.
Col. Paul A. Pride, superintendent, presented graduation certificates to the young men and women who participated in the Junior Cadet Program at a ceremony held at the Training Academy. Family and friends of the cadets were also in attendance.