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Princess Anne Post 113, of the American Legion, sponsored two First Colonial High School cadets who graduated last weekend from the American Legion Youth Law Enforcement Cadet Program at the Virginia State Police Academy in Richmond, Va.

Rising juniors Braeden Garrett and Zuri Hodnett, respectively, joined 47 others in attending the five-day program and participated in various activities, including, orientation to criminal investigations, patrol techniques, accident investigations, firearms safety, use of radar and VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder) and weapons marksmanship.

"Cadets also learned about the history of policing, the drug problems facing all Virginians today and the State Police recruitment process," said Derek Fick, a post spokesperson.

The program's practical training is hands-on and includes water safety and the use of diving equipment, vehicle operator improvement on the academy's driving range and skid pan, weapons safety training and pistol range marksmanship, observation of working patrol and drug K-9s and an impaired driving demonstration using special driving goggles.

"Since 1990, the American Legion and the Virginia State Police have teamed up to provide Virginia's youth with an opportunity to experience firsthand what it takes to become a law enforcement officer, "said Fick. "The program offers a fast-paced week of orientation to law enforcement training and an insight to the criminal justice system,"

Applicants are selected and sponsored by American Legion posts throughout Virginia, submitted from nominees by local high schools participating in the program.

American Legion Princess Anne Post 113 sponsored cadets Braeden Garrett, bottom photo, and Zuri Hodnett, top photo, at the American Legion Youth Law Enforcement Cadet Program, held recently at the Virginia State Police Academy in Richmond, Va.

The First Colonial High School juniors are pictured with John Helton, 2nd vice commander, on the left, and Wayne Mead, commander, on the right. Courtesy photos were taken at the program's graduation ceremonies, held recently at the State Police Academy in Richmond, Va.

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