CRESTVIEW — A gift from a local business leader assures this summer’s Crestview Police Youth Academy will be fully funded, with enough money probably left over to lay a foundation for next year’s program.

Community Services Officer Sam Kimmons, patrol Officer Zachary Schmidt and Crestview Citizens Police Academy Alumni treasurer Brenda Cadenhead accepted the $650 check from financial consultant Yvonne Shanklin at her offices in the historic 81-year-old Ward House.

The non-profit CCPAA partners with the Police Department to raise money for programs and equipment not funded by city budget money.

Programs that benefit North Okaloosa County youth are near and dear to Shanklin, who is a grandmother of eight.

“It’s for the kids,” Shanklin said as she handed the check to Cadenhead. “I’m all about the kids. For them to see a different side of law enforcement, it’s important for us as a community to do our part.”

The annual Police Youth Academy runs daily for a week in late July or early August. During the program, students ages 7 through 15 experience many aspects of law enforcement, including investigating mock crime scenes, dusting for fingerprints, meeting a police K-9 unit, examining a police car, trying on SWAT gear and visiting with our first responder friends in the Fire Department.

Dates for the summer course will be announced in mid-spring. Applications are expected to be available around the beginning of June. Ms. Shanklin’s donation will purchase a T-shirt for each student as well as class supplies and equipment.

“We’re pretty sure there will be money left over,” Kimmons said. “Her gift will spill over to next year’s class.”

 

Flanked by Crestview Police Officers Zachary Schmidt and Sam Kimmons, local financial adviser Yvonne Shanklin presents a check covering this summer’s Police Youth Academy costs to Crestview Citizens Police Academy Alumni treasurer Brenda Cadenhead.