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High School Police Academy graduates

High School Police Academy graduates at Madison College-Portage, from front left, Kathleen Gulbranson, Cailey Jo Russell; back row, Gunnar Roberts, Olivia Gramer, practice lifting fingerprints and other evidence collection techniques on March 30, April 6 and April 13.

Area students study police careers

Ten local students graduated from the High School Police Academy at Madison College-Portage in April. Held on March 30, April 6 and April 13, the academy was designed to provide real-world knowledge about policing and police careers.

Demonstrations and hands-on activities were used to introduce a variety of topics and tactics, including police basics and police code of ethics, investigations and evidence collection, communications and police self-defense. Collaborating agencies included Portage Police Department, Columbia County Sheriff’s Department and Columbia County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Tuition for all participants was sponsored by Portage Police Department and Columbia County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.

For more information about the program or about other youth opportunities, call 608-745-3100 or visit madisoncollege.edu.

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