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Granville sheriff begins teen academy

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STEM — Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins Jr., in partnership with Granville County Schools, the U.S. Army National Guard and the Boy Scouts of America, has announced the formation of the 2019 Teen Law Academy for high school students.

The free training program is geared toward those interested in a career in law enforcement, the criminal justice system, the U.S. military or public service. Participants will engage in classroom and hands-on law enforcement activities that expose them to the rigors and demands facing today’s law enforcement officers.

Held at Granville Central High School, the Teen Law Academy is scheduled for June 16-21, where those enrolled will stay on-site for the duration of the training. Certified law enforcement instructors, judges, attorneys, members of the U.S. Army National Guard and other career professionals will provide training which will include firearms and shooting skills, crime scene investigation, K9 drug detection, high-risk felony traffic stops, physical fitness, and other topics. Training will also include information about the roles of SWAT and special response teams, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the criminal court system, and use of the U.S. military Apache helicopter.

The week-long training program will end with a public graduation ceremony, where scholarships will be awarded to three participants.

Applications are being accepted until May 1 and are available through the student’s school resource officer or school counselor. Those interested may also apply through the Granville County Public Schools’ website at Since space is limited.

“We are very excited about the 2019 Teen Law Academy,” Wilkins said. “If you think you have what it takes to meet the challenge of this intense, physically demanding training, we invite you to apply.”

For more information, contact Deputy Randy Christensen at 919-690-0360 or at