Kids get Hands-on Law Enforcement Experience in Biloxi
Traffic stops, bomb response, domestic crisis intervention, all things police cadet explorers learned about at this year’s Southeastern Law Enforcement Explorer Academy in Biloxi.
It’s all part of a seven day program put on by area law enforcement agencies that lets students get hands on experience with search and rescue, hostage negotiation, crime scene investigation and more.
Even kids who aren’t interested in becoming police officers say they enjoy the experience and getting a whole new outlook on law enforcement. Seventy-five kids went through the program this year, some from Texas to Florida and even as far as London, England.
Cadet Explorer Richard Rivers Simpson said, “From a young age, I’ve always wanted to go into law enforcement because I want to make a benefit into society. I want to do a good job that’s going to help a lot of people and this program has taught me a lot about honesty and you’ve got to work hard for what you want.”
Youth staff member Caleb Hardy said, “You just have to be very independent and be able to work with yourself and with others because life is all about teamwork. Everything you do is going to be with other people.”
For more information on the Southeastern Law Enforcement Explorer Academy, call your local law enforcement agency or visit www.sleea.org .