• 'Overwhelming' interest in Kentwood youth police academy

    2 monthes ago - By Wood TV

    KENTWOOD, Mich. - When Kentwood police began recruiting for this summer's youth academy, they wondered how the events of the last year would impact the level of interest.
    They did not need to worry.
    "Overwhelming," Sgt. Tim Wierenga said of the response to their recruiting efforts.
    Ultimately, 21 teenagers arrived at the Kentwood Police Department Monday for the free weeklong program designed to show would-be officers what policing is really like.
    The academy had 15 participants the last time Kentwood police held the academy, which was the summer before COVID-19 hit.
    "It's only day one...
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