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(Susan Parker)
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Updated: 8/01 5:46 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- It's been a long two weeks, but graduation is finally here.

Commencement exercises were held Friday morning for teenagers who may be your future law enforcement officers.

The Tupelo Police Department Junior Police Academy is as close as you can get to the real thing.

Students are up by 5 a.m. and spend all day in training.

That training includes such topics as leadership, discipline, traffic stops and crime scene investigation.

"It's just amazing the dedication that they've made to leadership and discipline at that age is just astounding," said Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton.

"It was stressful, but we got through it. We worked as a team and I couldn't be more proud," said Junior Cadet Graduate Jayla Sanders.

Jayla Sanders says she plans a career in law enforcement and while she's at it, she may pursue occupational therapy and the Air Force.
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