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Updated: 03/05/2014 03:42:01PM

Junior Law Academy gearing up for June sessions

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Sheriff’s Office will be holding its second annual Junior Law Academy this year for middle school students beginning in June, so now is the time to start planning. Last year, the first Junior Law Academy gave 30 students an opportunity to learn more about the Sheriff’s Office and its operations. During the three-week program, the participants had classroom training as well as field trips to tour the different Sheriff’s Office facilities such as the district offices, the Charlotte County Jail, the Justice Center and other locations. School Resource Officers and other CCSO members worked with the students to solicit their feedback and ideas on relevant issues.

As a result of last year’s successful event, the second annual Junior Law Academy will actually have two separate sessions, each of which will provide 30 students with similar learning opportunities. The first camp will run from June 2 through June 20. After taking a one-week break, the second session will run from June 30 until July 18. The Sheriff’s Office hopes to provide the students with the knowledge and understanding of the functions and responsibilities of providing law enforcement services to the citizens of Charlotte County. But it isn’t all work either. Each academy session includes fun day field trips. The fee per child who attends the academy is $50 for the three-week session. That covers the cost of two T-shirts as well as the admission for the fun days to locations such as Sky Zone and Bamboozles in Fort Myers. Anyone who is interested in being a community partner and sponsoring a child for a session of the second Junior Law Academy is asked to please contact School Resource Officer David W. Sonne at, 941-697-5800, ext. 203.

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