HOLYOKE — The Holyoke Community College campus will be swarming with police activity Aug. 7, as law enforcement personnel provide demonstrations of their work for HCC’s Criminal Justice Academy, concluding two months of summer programming for area youth.
The Criminal Justice Academy Field day will cap a one-week intensive program designed to introduce area middle-schoolers to crime scene investigation and forensic science.
Field Day will include demonstrations from the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) bomb squad, the Chicopee police K-9 unit, and, weather permitting, a Massachusetts State Police helicopter.
Retired Granby Police Chief Lou Barry, HCC Class of 1973, runs the CJ academy, with assistance from HCC staff and other local police personnel.
In addition to the CJ Academy, HCC’s Summer Youth programming continues this week (July 27-31) with Youth Soccer, Lego Robotics, Youth Fencing, and Baking and next week (Aug. 3-7) with Science, Math and Technology for Girls, American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, and Beginning Web Design.