Prospective Police Officers Practice the Cop Life
Posted at: 09/08/2013 8:23 PM
| Updated at: 09/08/2013 10:32 PM
By: Emily Haavik
Some area kids are getting a chance to practice keeping the streets safe.
The Duluth Police Explorers Program allows aspiring cops ages 15-20 to see what their prospective career field is like. The program teaches them about handcuffing, traffic stops and domestic crisis intervention, among other things.
Patrol Officer Amber Peterson said it can be helpful for kids deciding whether to pursue police work.
"Just to see if they like it," she said. "Policing is a complex career and a lot of kids don't know if they're going to like it or not. Plus, some kids are just very curious and they like to get in there and handcuff and try to do traffic stops and things like that."
About nine teens are returning to the program from last year, and Peterson said they hope to see a couple more. The first official meeting is Sept. 22, so it is not too late to sign up. The group meets every other Sunday in the fall, and every Sunday in the spring.