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Teenage cadets graduate Albany police program

August 09, 2018 07:38 PM

ALBANY - They're not ready to fight crime yet, but they're one step closer.

A graduation ceremony was held Thursday for the Albany Police Department's Cadet Program. The teenage cadets took part in an eight-week summer program with the department.

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Acting Police Chief Mike Basile says the program can improve the relationship between the police department and the city's youth.

"It fits in with the city and the police department's philosophy about winning over generations and making connections and it really helps with breaking down the barriers. We get to know everybody, they get to know us -- not in a stressful situation. Knowledge is power and understanding is power and this helps create that and trust with the community," explained Basile.

The cadets got the chance to go on police patrols and do team building activities with officers.

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