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Youngsters Get A Look At Life In Law Enforcement

Thomasville, Georgia- July 9, 2012

It's called the Junior Law Enforcement Academy and it's teaching kids what it takes to be an officer in law enforcement.

"Me, my mom, and brother really like crime investigation and cops and stuff, so we thought it was really good to come to this camp," said 12-year-old Desiree Vinson.

The annual program is hosted by the Thomasville Police Department. It gives kids ages 10 to 15 a chance to learn a little bit about each department of law enforcement.

"The GBI Bomb Squad, they'll hear from the Georgia State Patrol, the Thomas County Sheriff's Department; they're giving them a look at how our dive team operates and how our swat team operates," said Lt. Eric Hampton from the Thomasville Police Department.

Throughout the week-long program, the students will also learn how to work as a team and how to be responsible for not only their life, but the lives of others.

"I don't think my kind of generation really knows how much fear they can go through and the risks, so I kind of wanted to experience it for myself," said 10-year-old Alexis Geriane.

Organizers hope the program will be an inscription to the younger generation.

"We really hope this brings some of them towards a law enforcement career and gives them an opportunity to come in and experiment."

On Friday July 13, there will be a graduation ceremony for those cadets who complete the program.


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