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Binghamton Teens Can Get a Taste of Law Enforcement Careers

Some Binghamton teenagers have the chance to learn just what it takes to have a career in law enforcement.

Mayor Rich David has announced a new program called the Student Citizen Police Academy.

The program is part of the Mayor Youth Success Initiative.

The course is 10 weeks long and is available to high school students between the ages of 16 and 18 in Broome County.

Each class will be taught by Binghamton Police Detectives.

"We want to give the community a better understanding of our police procedures, why we do some of the things that we do and from running this class with adults we find that one of the benefits that we have is that our officers also learn some of the expectations of the students that take the class as well," said Lieutenant Michael Whalen.

Courses will cover a wide variety of law enforcement topics including SWAT, k-9, patrol division and computer forensics.

The classes begin June 2nd. Interested students can register by contacting Officer Carl Smith at cesmith@cityofbinghamton.com or 772-7093.