Police Captain Kevin Wiles and his staff taught some 30 youngsters at this week's Bowling Green Junior Police Academy. "They've been trained to come out and collect the evidence and document with photographs and measurements and sketch. They've found all the evidence I had for 'em to find, and then they found some extra stuff too, so that's always good."
Matthew West, 10, is the son of Bowling Green Police Officer Shane West. He loved the academy, "There's all kinds of caution strips around us, like bullet shells, bottles with fingerprints on 'em. We get some stuff you put on it so you can see the fingerprints, and you put a certain kind of tape over it, rip it off, and you can see the fingerprint on the tape. It's pretty cool."
But the academy has its serious side, too. Hadleigh Chapman, age 10, "Like you can get in a lot of trouble if you're drinking and driving. We've done the test where you put on the goggles and you cannot. It's hard. I never wanna drink and drive at the same time."
Captain Wiles would like to see the academy continue. "Hope they get an understanding of police work and working as a team, and also that there's value in paying attention to detail and being thorough."