How do schools and police work together?

March 13, 2020

Brenda and Kevin are local police officers that taught us about how they help the community and some personal facts about themselves. The officers main priority is to keep the community safe, for example they stop robberies and drivers over the speed limit. They enforce laws and get alarmed when citizens are no longer following them. In order to be a police officer you must maintain your health.

Kevin and Brenda, COPE officers for the 5th precinct of SCPD, explain how they go to the gym  for an hour everyday to ensure their abilities of being in law enforcement. They also explained the many steps in order to become a police officer. The first stage is physical training which entails a large amount of different exercises.

The second step is the officers get the choice of being tasered or pepper sprayed, this is so they don’t abuse their power. They also have to study the law and take a final test, that determines whether you’re an officer or not. If they pass they get to enforce the law among all citizens and officially become an officer.

Brenda and Kevin stated, “it is an honor to be a part of the community.” They both explained their inspiration for the field.  Kevin was inspired by his Dad and Grandfather because they were both officers. Brenda had always dreamed of being a police officer. They both hope to further their careers in the law enforcement field and genuinely enjoy working so closely with schools in the area.

*Editor’s Note: This article is the collective work of the junior journalists from Medford Elementary school with the assistance of their high school mentor.

Photo by Phoebe Lawson
Junior journalists from Medford elementary pose with COPE officers at Junior Journalism Day 2020.

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