Written by Noelle Barrett
The halls are quiet, the chatter of children gone. One room, labeled “police,” is a reminder that the past is just that. But turn the corner, and one classroom is eerily familiar – names still above hooks, projects still taped to the walls, words still scrawled across the chalkboard.
It’s been decades since students learned their ABCs and 1,2,3s inside Northumberland Elementary School in Royalton. Today the building houses the borough’s offices, police department and senior citizens’ center, and hosts meetings and group events.
But on Saturday, Aug. 30, the halls and classrooms will be flooded with students once again . . .
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From The Wednesday,
August 28, 1991 Edition Of The Press And Journal
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Written by Noelle Barrett
Their day had finally arrived. The nine children who had attended a first-ever police academy for youngsters in Steelton lined up at the borough’s National Night Out celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 5 to receive awards from Mayor Tom Acri.
For seven weeks, the cadets in the Junior Police Academy – eight from Steelton and one from Middletown – spent hours learning different aspects of law enforcement and public safety. Each cadet was shown different tools and training, from fingerprinting and handcuffs to a view of the inside of police cruisers.
The academy was the brainchild of Det. Anthony Minium, who wanted to find ways for the community to interact with police in a positive way.
“Basically the only time you deal with police … is in a bad situation,” Minium said. “We wanted to change that. We’re here to help and not just put handcuffs on people.”
Each week offered something new for the cadets in the various demonstrations, field trips and opportunities for hands-on experience.
Cadets had the chance to lift fingerprints and get their fingerprints taken, watched canine demonstrations, and learned about booking and using handcuffs while arresting someone.
They also traveled to the local Dauphin County 911 Communications Center, the borough police and fire departments, and the Dauphin County Courthouse, where the cadets met Dauphin County Judge Richard Lewis.
“The kids were amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids,” Minium said. “They were always very respectful, and their manners were excellent.”
John Dellinger III, 9, of Steelton, enjoyed the fingerprinting and forensics.
“I think it’s pretty cool,” he said. “I like [the officers] a lot.”
His mother, Julie Paioletti said the academy benefited both the children and community.
“I thought it was fantastic and a growth for the community, a step forward,” she said. “It was a good thing for the kids, to trust the officers and to respect them.”
Ten-year-old Tevon Kerr, of Middletown, said he learned a lot and enjoyed the canine dogs and the search teams the most.
“I learned that the cells drop off the body, so they’re in the air and the dog can find you from your cells,” Kerr said.
For Madison Bentz, 13, of Steelton, learning self-defense was a lot of fun.
“The officers were really nice, and I felt comfortable with them,” she said. “I learned a lot from it, and I had fun.”
The department hopes to get more organizations and other local departments involved next year and to continue to grow the program.
“Our goal next year is at least 20 cadets. We want to double our size,” Minium said.
Minium said he is already seeing the changes and benefits the academy has had on the borough.
“I’ve taken notice, and the other guys running the program notice, that when we are out and about, the kids are running up to us – and not only them, but their friends,” he said. “It was an instant impact.”
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Fresh food from the farm sounds delicious enough, but imagine how wonderful it tasted when prepared by Chef Jason Viscount of Harrisburg’s Bricco restaurant at the American Cancer Society’s Farm to Table Dinner at Strites’ Orchard in Lower Swatara Twp. on Sunday, Aug 17.
Roasted herb chicken roulade. Herb focaccia with goat butter. Gnocci with braised hare and mushroom ragout. And for dessert, strawberry crostada with almond cream. All from local farms and farmers’ markets.
The dinner was held by the American Cancer Society to promote healthy eating, and it certainly succeeded.
See who was at the table!
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