The Junior Police Academy students competed in Skills USA on Saturday and have qualified to compete at the State level.

Skills USA District 12 Competition was held in Laredo and tested the students knowledge in the policies and procedures of law enforcement.

“We are learning skills that will prepare us for law enforcement careers, for college and for the future in general,” said JPA Captain Joshua Hawks. “At State we get to show off the skills and knowledge we have acquired in class.”

Participants did hands on activities such as traffic stops and project boards.

Project Board State Qualifiers were Joshua Hawks, Gabriel Garza, Orlando Jasso, Tyler Battice, Joseph Jasso, Michael Corona, Felix Villarreal and Mateo Jasso.

Three of the students, Mateo Jasso, Garza and Hawks, placed first in Crime Scene Investigation Team.

Hawks and Orlando Jasso who placed in the Criminal Justice Individual “Top Cop” Competition.

“I am very proud of these fine young men,” said JPS Sponsor Juan Garcia. “Their hard work after school and being out in the community has alwys paid off. I wish them luck at State!”