Published: Nov 04, 2013 9:56 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with Santaluces High School to offer a four-year criminal justice program.
    
The academy had its first promotional ceremony at the high school in Lantana on Monday morning. Officials say five cadets were promoted to the rank of sergeant. The school's principal, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and Chief Lawrence Leon of the county school district's security department attended the ceremony.
    
Officials say the program is open to students interested in law enforcement, corrections and the court system. In addition to their high school diplomas, students who complete the program also will earn criminal justice and community service officer diplomas. They also will earn nine college credits, acceptable at any Florida public university.
    
The program is given during regular school hours.

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