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Young adults training with LPD, hoping to become policemen one day

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

As the news of violence involving officers shocks much of our country, there is a full class of students hoping to become law enforcement officers.

These young men and women, ages 14 to 21 are part of the Lubbock Post Explorer Academy this week.

For five days, they will experience training and realistic scenarios that the Lubbock Police Department Officers deal with each week. These students agree that they see how physically and emotionally draining a career bearing the badge could be, but still its something they could only dream of.

Most of the students have been apart of the Explorer Post class on Tuesdays during the school year for a few years. 

One of the young men, Tavis, says he was in ROTC at Estacado High School and he knows he wants to serve.

"Police are heroes, role models, leaders, mentors. Most people don't see that but that is what they are! Just because they have a gun doesn't mean they cant help people."

These teens spending hours sweating, struggling and training, pushing themselves to get a glimpse of what the Lubbock Police Academy would be like, when they are finally eligible to apply. 

One of the two females in the academy, Ramsey, says "About seven years ago, I had an incident and the police were were able to help me. They saved me. I looked up to them as heroes and one day I want to be able to do that for a kid some day."

For one of the young men, Jesse, the recent violence to police officers hits close to home. His father serves as a Sergeant with the Lubbock Police Department.

"Yea, All these law enforcement that have been killed in the line of watch. Well my dad doesn't let it stop him. Yes, it is sad but he knows he has a job to do. His main thing at the beginning of the day and the end of the day is that he's trying to just get home.... He wants to come home to me. That motivates me."

Jesse says with recent events he thinks less people have the desire to serve as an officer. But, with his class of Explorers and the examples he's seen at LPD, he proudly states "There are the select few that are still choosing to pursue a career in law enforcement. I wouldn't want anyone else but these guys behind my back."

Students participating in the academy encourage any other young men and women interested to come to the Lubbock Police Department's meetings at LPD in downtown Lubbock on Tuesday in the fall. The first meeting is August 30, 2016.

More information on the Explorer Post Program available here.

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