RAMAPO, N.Y. -- The Ramapo Police Department recently held the graduation ceremony for its Youth Academy's 35th class.
The program, which is organized by the department's Patrol Services Unit, exposes the students to what it's like to be a police officer. It also helps to build a bond between the department and the youth in the community.
Retired Spring Valley Police Officer Francis Brooke was honored during the ceremony. Brooke was an important part of the Youth Academy for many years.
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