CONCORD — Shane Schultz, a 2013 Laconia High School graduate, completed the 40th annual NH Police Cadet Training Academy on Friday, June 28. He was one of 136 young adults, 99 of them being Basic/first year members, from 4 states to complete the challenge.

This week long program gives these young people a taste of what life in law enforcement might be like. These young adults learned to push their bodies and minds to the limit with daily physical training and classroom time. Classroom lesson topics included report writing, police response to domestic violence, the many faces of facebook, k-9 demonstration, dangerous drugs, accident investigation, motor vehicle law, traffic control and direction, radar, officer down/police shooting, liquor laws, DWI laws and arrest, probation and parole, firearms, juvenile laws, criminal law, fish and game, and self defense techniques. They endured long 16-hour days and sleepless nights in hot dorm rooms at NHTI. They learned to work as a team and rely on each other. This experience in discipline and commitment will prepare these young people for a career as a law enforcement officer, military member, public safety responder, or any other career they choose.

Shane came home with the Academy's Walter "Bud" Dockham Memorial Scholarship award of $1,000 and an extreme sense of pride to be one of the members of the academy's first year of cadets where all of the basic year students graduated. He will add this scholarship to his Laconia Police Relief Association Scholarship of $250 and Wilderness Youth Fund Scholarship of $600. He is ready to register for the week long program next year to learn whatever they have in store for the second year members.

Students ages 14-20 who want to learn more about the Academy are encouraged to go to the Academy web page at www.nhchiefsofpolice.com/Cadet_academy.htm or the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/New-Hampshire-Police-Cadet-Training-Academy/76116456511?ref=ts.