A group of kids have traveled a long way to learn about law enforcement in the United States.
Twelve police cadets from the U.K. are here on the Coast this week to learn about local law enforcement during the Biloxi Police Department’s annual Explore Academy. Participant Lillie Roberts said, “We love coming out here. It is so fun, like one of the other cadets said earlier, it is a once in a lifetime experience, some of us have never traveled before and to do it with their friends what more would you really want?”
The cadets are between the ages of 14 and 20 and are part of the Police Academy in London. Metropolitan Police Service Constable Aaron Bawden said, “Our cadets take part in many community events so we assist with major events as well in central London such as the policing of the London Marathon and the Trooping the Colour which is the Queen’s birthday celebrations.”
These students came all the way to America, a 20 hour trip, to get a hands-on experience with U.S. police officers. Participant Ray Crouzieres said,“We get to do all sorts of things that we wouldn’t do in the UK such as things in the shooting range and getting to check out all of the jails and all of that.”
This academy has been hosted for the last 30 years and during that time, many long distant friendships have been formed such as the one between Sergeant Joey Payne from the Biloxi Police Department and Aaron Bawden from the U.K. “A friendship had developed over the years and I watched him start out as a young police cadet and become an awesome police officer,” said Sgt. Payne.
If you are interested in the Police Academy you can contact any local Harrison County law enforcement agencies.