Youth Police Academy

Amanda Gordon

Hartselle Enquirer

 

Throughout the past few months, the country has turned to turmoil and most police officers are looked at very differently. Police officers from Morgan County Police Department took time out of their busy schedules on Thurs., July 21 to show young citizens that police officers are not what the media shows them to be. Sheriff Ana Franklin brought some of her officers to the Hartselle Civic Center and showed three groups of children gun safety, the dangers of drugs and the dangers of alcohol. Officers Ron Livingston, Matthew Anderton, Ken Baker, Jerald Holland and Dewayne Childers were on the scene to teach them.

While being taught the dangers of alcohol, children were given goggles that make them seem like they have been drinking. Office Ken Baker gave them multiple tests that adults take when they have been drinking and driving. In the dangers of drugs class, officer Jerald Holland told them the dangers of drugs and showed them what can happen when someone is addicted to them. He brought along some examples of contraband that they should steer clear of in the outside world. Officer Dewayne Childers showed children what types of guns they use and how they use them in the gun safety class. The children were told that they should treat any type of gun like a real gun because even the smallest ones can cause harm to others.

They were then taken outside to explore real police cars and see what people see when they are inside them. Sheriff Franklin says, “We are honored and we appreciate the opportunity to do this. It goes along with our community programs. We wanted to start them early and set a positive impact on their lives to show that police officers

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