The Youth Law Enforcement Academy started this week in McMinn County.

More than 35 kids started their first day with marching drills, fire arm safety classes, and patrol techniques.

This program is designed to give children between fourth and sixth grade a closer look at the daily tasks officers perform.

"It gives kids an inside view into the career of law enforcement and it gives us an opportunity to make contact with kids in a more positive way," McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy said.

This 5 day program exposes kids to many different career options within law enforcement....  from criminal investigations to forensics.

Thursday's agenda includes a lesson on the 4th Amendment following a mock trial. 

"they're actually investigating a crime scene.  This Thursday they will present that case before a judge."

At the end of the week all the students will take a physical and written exam before graduation day Friday morning.