Camp Cadet returns for another year

Ninety-one teens taking part this year

Ninety-one young men and women 13-15, who reside in the Troop E patrol areas of Erie, Crawford, Warren and Venango Counties will report to Camp Cadet at Allegheny College in Meadville in mid-afternoon Sunday, June 18th. Daily activities begin at 5:30 a.m., each morning, with physical training and a flag raising ceremony.

Cadets undergo five days of intense physical training. Learning to march in formation. They attend instructional seminars in Allegheny's classrooms and the PSP Northwest Training Center at Meadville. Troopers instruct cadets on felony traffic stops, radar speed devices, taser use and building searches. Classes also include PSP Forensic Services troopers who gather evidence at crime and drug seizure scenes. PSP Clandestine Meth Lab investigations will be explained.

Other classes include PSP polygraph seminars , criminal investigations and computer crime issues. Cadets tour the PSP helicopter with members of the department's Special Emergency Response Team. (SERT) responds to barricaded people with weapons.

North East Erie County District Judge Scott Hammer will explain his judicial duties presiding at criminal cases initiated by law enforcement. A demonstration of K9 attack dogs will be held.

Cadets will undergo a drill formation inspection by Troop E Commander Captain James Basinger. Cadets' training exercises culminate in formal platoon marching drills at graduation. Each evening cadets participate in field competition games, including push-ups, sit ups, obstacle course events, ball games and a water slide event.

Graduation ceremonies begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday June 23, 2017 at the Wise Sport and Fitness Center, 493 Highland Avenue, Meadville. Attendees should arrive no later than 5:30 p.m. for seat selections before ceremonies begin. Parking is available near the complex.

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