Jul 10, 2012 8:45 PM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News

Junior Police Academy held in Helena

HELENA - High schoolers from across Montana are in Helena learning what it's like to work in law enforcement as part of the Junior Police Academy.

One of them is Joe Harris, now in his second year as a junior police cadet; Joe said, "I think it's just good to help the community. That's what I want to do."

Joe was elected by his peers to be this year's Chief, and on Tuesday, he and his squad got to experience police work from behind the wheel.

Dave Jeseritz, the assistant chief of the Helena Police Department, explained, "Today we're giving them a glimpse of police life. One of which is the driving aspect. Officers do a lot of driving, they have to be trained to do this. So we're out here in a safe environment showing the kids how to do traffic stops, how to back up safely and maneuver around cones, and just how vehicles handle under different situations."

Joe noted, "The one thing the sergeant has taught us so far is that action is faster than reaction, and we need to be able to multitask and do many different things at once. But I'm up to the task, I like doing that kind of stuff."

Jeseritz said, "Obviously we hope they don't go back and start driving like we're showing them, these techniques are for law enforcement, but it should overall improve their normal driving day-to-day because they should be more aware of their surroundings, not distracted with iPhones and different devices like that, but actually paying attention to the road."


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