Wrangell Police Chief Tom Clemons has been named to the National Board of the Junior Police Academy, a nonprofit organization that aims to build stronger relationships between youth and police by giving students an inside look at local law enforcement.
Clemons said one goal of the program is to give youth a more realistic view of police work to counter images seen on television. Students learn about police procedures and the role of the police in local law enforcement. Ultimately the program becomes a means for police officers to build trust and, in some cases, act as mentors for youth.
Clemons intends to initiate a similar educational program for adults interested in learning more about police work, possibly next year.