*This story first appeared in The Budget’s July 18, 2018, Local Edition.
For Garaway senior Wyatt Halstead, graduating the Junior Cadet Program held by the Ohio State Highway Patrol is another step on the path to what he may choose as a career. It is a path he knows well, as his father is an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper out of the Canton Post.
Wyatt Halstead, the son of Jason Halstead and Marissa Stein, completed training as part of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Junior Cadet Program held June 24-28 at the Highway Patrol Training Academy in Columbus. He was one of 31 Junior Cadet participants selected from applications submitted by young men and women who attended Buckeye Boys and Girls State earlier this month and exhibited exemplary performance throughout the previous school year, or eligible children of Patrol employees who will be high school seniors this year.
The Junior Cadet Program is designed to give young people better insight into the challenges faced by law enforcement officers by enabling them to experience a typical week at the Training Academy. To enhance their learning experience, Junior Cadets are required to stay at the Training Academy, sleeping in the dormitories and dining in the cafeteria. While at the Academy, they gain knowledge from Patrol Academy staff regarding crash investigation, officer/violator contacts, self-defense tactics, K-9 operations, emergency vehicle operations, motorcycle operations, impaired driver apprehension and military drill.
Colonel Paul A. Pride, Superintendent, presented graduation certificates to the young men and women who participated in the Junior Cadet Program at a ceremony held June 28 at the Training Academy. Family and friends of the cadets were also in attendance.