COLUMBUS — A local resident, Ashley Clark, completed training for the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Junior Cadet Program held June 23-27 at the Highway Patrol Training Academy in Columbus.
Clark was one of 48 Junior Cadet participants selected from applications submitted by young men and women who attended Buckeye Boys and Girls State earlier in June, exhibited exemplary performance throughout the previous school year, or who were eligible children of patrol employees who will be high school seniors this year.
The Junior Cadet Program is designed to give young people better insight into the challenges faced by law enforcement officers by enabling them to experience a typical week at training academy.
To enhance their learning experiences, Junior Cadets are required to spend the entire week at 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.
Clark is going to be a senior at Centerburg High School in the fall. She is the daughter of Adam and Lisa Nichols.