THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Teenagers in Thomasville got a chance to see what it truly means to be a police officer.
A week-long program gave the teens an appreciation for the men and women who keep their community safe.
Intense SWAT team demonstrations took place just yards away from teenagers who are fascinated with law enforcement.
“Some of the kids have no idea of some of the things we actually do on a daily basis,” said Officer Dominic Ford.
For the entire week, kids joined the Junior Law Enforcement program to get a behind the scenes look at a day in the life of a Thomasville Police Officer.
“I thought it was going to be studying about all this stuff about what policemen do,” said 14-year-old Cameron Hadley
But soon, Hadley realized how wrong he was.
Teens saw it all, from investigating crime scenes, to clearing buildings.
They even watched a K9 dog doing what he does best, all while getting to know the officers on a personal level.
“They can see our side of some of the situations that we deal with,” said Officer Ford, “but at the same time, we let them know that we're not the enemy.”
The program focused on building a stronger community with better relationships between residents and officers.
Hadley said, “The more policemen there are, the more protection there will be.”
Each participant received a certification as they completed the program, and some walked away with trophies from team obstacles.