Teen academy students get the full effect
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Oro Valley police officer Zach Pierce shows off his department motorcycle as part of the teen academy put on by the Oro Valley Police Department.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Jacob Donaldson, 14, sits in the front seat of the Oro Valley Police Department's undercover vehicle while Taylor Wingfield, 12, checks out the back seat. Over the course of three days, 16 young adults experienced many aspects of the department.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Jessica Dorer, Blake Shapiro and Taylor Wingfield attempt to lift a fingerprint from a soda can during the forensics portion of their three-day academy at the Oro Valley Police Department.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Megan Murray, 16, and Jacob Donaldson, 14, look through a mock crime scene in search for clues. Separate teams inspected the scene and competed to see who could solve the case, requesting DNA analysis, fingerprinting and talking to possible suspects.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Oro Valley police officer Shawn Benjamin talks with teens at a mock crime scene.