(WBIR-Athens) Nearly three dozen McMinn County kids embarked on unique adventure on Tuesday.
They went to jail, but not for doing anything wrong. The McMinn County Sheriff's Department put 35 kids through their Youth Law Enforcement Academy. Fourth through sixth graders jumped on the obstacle course to test their physical ability.
McMinn County deputy Joe Guy said the academy teaches children about all types of law enforcement techniques and procedures - from crime scene investigation to firearms safety.
"Even after only two days, the kids are understanding things like the 4th amendment issues, as far as search and seizure," said Guy. "They're understanding use of force. They're understanding how to collect evidence and finger prints, and how to articulate those things in courtrooms."
The sheriff's office said by teaching these kids about law enforcement, they hope to instill strong morals and ethics into these young people.