PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Highway Patrol’s Youth Trooper Academy was held last week in Pierre. This was the second year the academy has been organized. It is set up for young adults ages 16 and 17 who are entering their senior year of high school and was co-sponsored by the American Legion. Major Rick Miller, Assistant Superintendent with the Highway Patrol says in a press release that the academy exposes young adults to the rewards and structure required for the Patrol. During the academy, veteran Highway Patrol troopers serve as mentors and chaperones. Troopers and other law enforcers provide classroom and hands-on training in firearms safety, defensive driving, crash investigation, traffic stops, leadership, police service dog handling and criminal law. This year’s academy started June 24 and ended with a graduation ceremony on Friday afternoon, June 28.
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