Dozens of students are participating in the 48th annual State Police Youth Week.
The program is for teens interested in a career in law enforcement or the armed forces.
The camp is sponsored by Pennsylvania State Police, the American Legion, and Pennsylvania National Guard.
For six days, the teens live in the dorms at York College, but this is not a recreational summer camp. The teens’ time is being used to introduce them to procedures of law enforcement and military life.
Cadets march to their classes in platoon formation and have drill competitions. They’re learning about teamwork and self-esteem, as these will be the future leaders of our state and nation.
There will be classes in the vehicle and crimes codes, forensic sciences, and riot control. Classes also include tactical drug operation with specially trained dogs and weapons firing.
Not all students will make it through the intense program. It started with 87 cadets Sunday. As of Tuesday, it was down to 84 cadets.
The students able to finish the program will graduate Saturday.