MADISON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Twelve kids graduated from the Madison County Sheriff's Office's Junior Law Enforcement Academy on Friday.
Students learn how to do CPR and how to shoot a gun as well as participating in a DUI simulator and flying inside a Pegasus helicopter.
Sheriff Erik Weaver said he was surprised to see so many students want to participate in the academy.
"I was surprised how many young people we had turnout," said Weaver. "It's the first time we did this. We had a great turnout. Everybody had a great time."
Carter Rees, a graduate of the academy, said he wants to be a forensic scientist when he gets older, and this experience provided a small taste of what he wants to do.
"Learning how to process a crime scene, how to point out this is there, this is there, together they make a clue. So that was really helpful for me," said Rees.
Weaver said working with the kids goes beyond preparing them for a career in law enforcement.
"We are out here to help, caress and do whatever we can to make these kids become better citizens for not only Madison County, but the state of Virginia," he said.
Rees said sacrificing a week of his summer vacation for the academy was well worth it.
"A lot of people have been just sitting around the house, but this makes you get up, get out there and do awesome stuff that could prepare you for a career in life," said Rees.
The sheriff's office said it plans on doing the academy again in 2020.