In recent months, we've seen stories in the news about violent, even deadly interactions between citizens and police. Some have sparked riots in other parts of the country.
In many cases, there is a disconnect between the job police have to do, and the public they're sworn to protect.
Last week, teenagers in Thomasville got a chance to see what it truly means to be a police officer.
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.
Teens saw it all, from investigating crime scenes, to clearing buildings, seeing the K9 officers, and getting to know the officers on a personal level.
The program focused on building a stronger community with better relationships between residents and officers. And we think this sort of program would benefit every town in the country.
We'd like to see more outreach of this type.