Baylee Beaner, Garretson, has been selected from 71 other applicants to attend the 7th annual South Dakota Highway Patrol Youth Trooper Academy. Baylee is a junior at Tri-Valley High School in Colton, SD. She submitted an application with reference letters and interviewed in front of a panel of American Legion and Highway Patrol members for a spot in the academy. The Youth Trooper Academy is an intensive, one week, residential learning experience for young adults who are entering their senior year of high school or have just graduated high school in 2018. The Youth Trooper Academy is held at the Mickelson Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pierre, South Dakota. Candidates must be in good academic standing with their high school, be highly motivated, of good moral and ethical character, present a well-groomed appearance, and have an interest in a career in law enforcement. The program is mentally and physically demanding. The Youth Trooper Academy utilizes a paramilitary approach to training, and discipline is strict. The program is sponsored by the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the American Legion.
Veteran South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will serve as mentors and chaperons during the week. Troopers and members from other law enforcement agencies throughout the state of South Dakota will provide classroom and hands-on training in topics such as firearms safety, defensive driving, crash investigation, traffic stops, leadership, defensive tactics, and criminal law. Youth Academy Cadets will also get to experience demonstrations from the Highway Patrol’s special operations section such as aircraft operation, SWAT, and Police Service Dogs.
The 2018 Youth Trooper Academy ran June 25th – June 29th. Space in the program is limited to 24 students from across the state.