PARKER, Colo. -- The first Parker Police Department Teen Citizens Police Academy was held Tuesday with the goal of setting young people up with a potential career in law enforcement.
“The purpose is to get a group of students here, teenagers, 13 to 19 years old, a better understanding of what it means to be a police officer," said Commander Chris Peters with PPD.
About 40 students participated. The course included a weeklong introduction to the job.
When ninth grader Noel Bartlett heard about the experience, she wanted in.
"When my stepmom told me about it, I was like, 'Sounds awesome. I want to do it.'"
“This week, we have demonstrations from our arrest-control folks. Yesterday, a couple of the students got to shoot a taser at a target, so that was pretty fun," said Peters. "And that’s the idea: as much hands-on experience as possible. When it’s fun, it sinks in."
Noel Bartlett is interested in police SWAT operations.
"I tried on the 20-pound helmet... then I tried on a 20-pound vest and that was interesting," Bartlett said.
But it’s not just the teens who learned something new.
“We have a great opportunity to learn their insight, how we communicate to their age group and what we can do better as well," said Peters.AlertMe