TPD hosts high school leadership training

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 11, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- All week long, local high school students went through different exercises to teach them not only about law enforcement, but also about leadership, decision-making and communication.

About eight students participated in the Tallahassee Police Department's High School Leadership Program.

Friday culminated with a mock crime that students had to follow from beginning to end. The mock was held at the Red Cross building in Tallahassee.

The scenario was a man getting attacked because his music was too loud. A resident called 911 and two detectives arrive on scene and find one victim lying on the ground, but, he's conscious.

"I just felt something hard hit my head," the man said.

Now, it's time for the detectives to figure out what happened.

Detectives were able to get DNA and fingerprints from evidence found near the crime scene.

Time to talk to potential witnesses. "They were going really fast, but I remember a gray sweatshirt." Said one woman the two teen detectives found.

They spot someone with a gray sweatshirt in surveillance video and notice another lead. "Oh, my goodness. I clearly see a hand print there. We gotta go check it out," one of the participants said.

They get the hand print, then eventually find a weapon, which was a baseball bat. A neighbor gives a tip about the bat, which leads them to their suspect.

"You're under arrest," the detectives finally declare.

Carly Butler will be starting the 10th grade at Lincoln High School this year. She says she enjoyed the program.

"I think it's really nice and beneficial for learning some important life lesson, not only just about the police department stuff, but, other things that you can use," she said.

Steve Damm, a TPD Field Training Officer, said, "It's the best feeling in the world to work with young people in our community and knowing that they're going to go back and have a positive impact."

The program is held every year during the summer. High school students from Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla, and all surrounding counties can participate.

Contact TPD at (850) 891-4200 for more information.

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