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Kids experience Junior Academy with SPD

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At the first ever Junior Academy, kids were given the opportunity to dress up in police gear. At the first ever Junior Academy, kids were given the opportunity to dress up in police gear.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane Police Department hosted its first ever Junior Police Academy Saturday. It's an event that attracted hundreds of families, all wanting the opportunity to interact with their local heroes.

The event featured a police patrol car for kids to explore, a K-9 demonstration, and an opportunity for kids to dress up in police gear.

Officials hope the Junior Academy will help kids feel more comfortable with police officers.

"A lot of time when we engage with them it's in a crisis event, especially for their little lives probably the worst event that's ever happened to them. So we want an opportunity for them to see us in a non-crisis environment where they can talk to us," said Teresa Fuller, Public Information Officer for the Spokane Police Department.

"As they see them out in the community, rather than being nervous to approach them, they can see that they're real people, they can see the equipment, they can see the cars and really understand that our officers are there to be a resource in the neighborhoods," said Spokane Mayor David Condon.

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