DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) The first session of the Dothan Police Department's Junior Police Academy is underway.
The two-week program provides intensive training for students between the ages of 12 and 17.
It exposes them to everyday police life and aims to bridge the gap between the community and police.
Today, the cadets completed an obstacle course that included pushing a car and running with weights.
"The obstacle course is basically designed to mimic the real course that the police officers do when we go the police academy. It's just modified a little bit so they can a good time, but they can also get a real feel of what it feels like to be us," says program instructor Officer Jason Neal.
The program instructor hopes more children get involved in the program.
More sessions are scheduled for later this month and July.