The Springfield Police Department and Springfield Fire Department announced the cancellation of the 2020 Junior Police & Fire Academy.
The departments said the move was done out of concerns connected to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The Springfield Police Department and Springfield Fire Department are thankful to the Springfield West Side Optimist Club for its continued support of the program,” the departments said in a statement.
The Junior Police & Fire Academy is aimed to help youth understand more about the agencies; foster positive relationships between youth, firefighters, and police; and provide an opportunity for youth to examine a future career.
The departments hope to bring the program back in 2021, and thanked the Springfield Westside Optimist Club for their support of the program.