UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The City of Utica is looking for high schoolers who want to help make their city safe.

The City’s Junior Public Safety Academy is a four-week academy-style learning experience and summer job for teenagers in 10th, 11th or 12th grade interested in a career in law enforcement or firefighting. You must be 16 years old and reside in the City of Utica.

The program, which spans four weeks that are split between the Utica Fire Department and the Utica Police Department, cover a variety of topics aimed at helping high schoolers get ready for a career in public safety. Topics include community outreach, officer and first responder wellness, and evidence collection. Cadets will also participate in daily physical fitness exercises and military drills.

In addition to a minimum wage pay for the four weeks, cadets who complete the program are eligible for three college credits at Mohawk Valley Community College to go toward a criminal justice elective. The cadets are also trained to become CPR and First Aid certified.

Applications are available now, and will be accepted until Friday, March 31. If you would like more information on the Public Safety Academy, you are asked to e-mail slheiland@uticapd.com.