Clay Parlette, of Curtice, was among the graduates of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Junior Cadet Program held June 25 to 29 at the Highway Patrol Training Academy in Columbus.
Parlette was one of 30 participants in the program. Candidates are selected from applications submitted by young men and women who attended Buckeye Boys and Girls State, who exhibited exemplary performance throughout the previous school year, or who are eligible children of Patrol employees who will be high school seniors this year.
The Junior Cadet Program is designed to give participants insight into the challenges faced by law enforcemen
t officers by enabling them to experience a typical week at the Training Academy. To enhance their learning experience, Junior Cadets are required to spend the entire week at the Training Academy, sleeping in the dormitories and dining in the cafeteria.
While at the Academy, they gain knowledge from Patrol Academy staff regarding crash investigation, officer/violator contacts, self-defense tactics, K-9 operations, building searches, motorcycle operations, impaired driver apprehension and military drill.
Capt. Brigette E. Charles, Commandant of the Highway Patrol Academy, presented graduation certificates to the young men and women who participated in the Junior Cadet Program.