Inside look into law enforcement: Teen Police Academy
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GREEN BAY, Wis. --Kids in Brown County, getting an inside look at a career in law enforcement. This week is the Green Bay Police Department's Teen Police Academy is training kids to understand police work.
Off the school bus and to the Brown County Jail. It's just one stop this week, for this group of 30 students, interested in working in law enforcement.
On today's agenda, learning how a jail operates and spending time in a correctional officers shoes.
"I want them to learn from those who are currently performing those jobs. To get a real life experience of what it is like to work in the jail, work on patrol, work for a correctional department," said Brown County deputy, Jody Lemmens.
Program leaders say it's a way for kids in high school to know early on if this type of career is for them. And some students are already inspired.
"I want to do something that when i am seventy years old I look back and go wow, Idid something with my life and changed and helped other people," said Berenice Guerrero.
"I would really love to be a police officer because I could help people and help kids stay out of trouble and help the community be a better place to grow," said Max Lacroix.
The Teen Academy is a program that keeps growing each year. In fact , last year it became mulitjurisdictional, which helps increase the numbers for attendence but at the same time gives students more places they can visit, giving them a better perspective of local law enforcement.
"Just about every agency in the last two years has had someone represent their department come through, and that' something we're really proud of," said Officer Dave Schmitz with the Green Bay Police Department.
From the shooting range, to the jail, to the classroom, it's an experience this group of students will remember.