The American Legion Department of Vermont with over 14,000 Legionnaires in its 72 posts, divided into 5 districts, is proud to co-sponsor this program.
The individual American Legion Posts sponsor individ-ual youth to participate in this week of fun and excite-ment.
Cadets are housed and eat their meals at the Vermont Police Academy, located in Pittsford. This facility is part of a large training complex which
includes the Fire Academy and facilities utilized for training for many other agencies including Fish & Wildlife and Corrections. K-9 training
is also conducted as well as all firearms training. Weather permitting the cadets can also look forward to air support units of the Na-tional Guard.
Cadets participate in firearms training, self defense tac-tics, as well as learn the latest in law enforcement tech-nology including K-9 handling,
and accident and criminal investigations. Of course there are daily calisthenics as well as drill and ceremonies. But there is also much, much more.
The academy is not just about law en-forcement. It is a true cross section of all emergency and governmental services as well as sup-port service agencies that are so important.
While the majority of the supervision is conducted by members of the Vermont National Guard, Vermont Air Guard, Rutland County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Marine
Reserve. Many other agencies assist as needed.
During the week classes and presentations are made by the Armed Forces as well as the following (if avail-able): Vermont Criminal Justice Training
Council, Vermont Fish & Wildlife, Federal Fish & Wildlife, Sheriff’s Department, Municipal Police Department, Operation Lifesaver, State’s Attorney’s
Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Fire Services, K-9, Department of Corrections, Department of Motor Vehicles, Defender General’s Office, Court Diversion,
WomenSafe, Cus-toms and Border Protection, Homeland Security, DEA, FBI, U.S. Marshall’s Service, Department of Liquor Control, Marine Patrol, and ATF.
Classes are also given on Professional Standards as well as fire-arms and the Ropes Course. It is a well rounded and busy week when you add in the team
building and a barbecue. A sample schedule can be found on the Vermont American Legion web site at www.vtlegion.org as well as an application for the
program. At the end of the week two cadets, as se-lected by their peers, are awarded the Robert H. Vincelette Spirit Award.
In the Preamble to the American Legion Constitution, which we recite at the beginning of every meeting, we pledge ourselves to ten purposes, among which are: (1) to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; (2) to maintain law and order; (3) to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; (5) to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation; and (8) to promote peace and good-will on earth.
To this end, we strive to maintain law and order in our homes, Posts and communities. We also honor those "unsung heros" of our lives - the paid and unpaid law officers, firefighters, EMT’s and paramedics - who give unselfishly of themselves every day that we might have freedom and protection from harm.
The hours that they give are often "above and beyond the call of duty", and frequently they are not compensated at a fair market value. Their families also give of themselves in this effort, as many hours are spent away from home in their professional dedication to their fellow man.