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Detroit Police Launch Training Program for High School Students

September 22, 2015  | 

The Detroit Police Department at the beginning of this school year rolled out a new law enforcement training program at two Detroit high schools, reports

Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who announced the program alongside Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan Monday, said the "police magnet" program is something he came across while working for the Los Angeles Police Department, where Craig spent most of his career.

"Our goal is to arm our youth with tools that will prove to be edifying throughout life in addition to providing a safe environment," police said in a statement Sunday.

The three-year program will begin with 50 10th-grade students from Cody High School, a Detroit public school, and University Prep Academy, a charter school.

As they move onto 11th grade, 50 more students will begin the program each year until 150 are in the rotation.

David Foster, a 15-year-old sophomore, started the program this year. He plans to attend college for a four-year degree and wants a career in federal law enforcement.

He attends one hour of instruction daily and has a physical training class each Friday and hopes to obtain a paid internship with the department this summer.

Students are exposed to department procedures, police ethics, and some tactics.

Craig said the main goal is to create lasting relationships with Detroit's young people and to entice local residents to pursue law enforcement careers.

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[email protected] @ 9/23/2015 7:33 PM

Great idea Chief! Maybe if we can teach them early enough of the honor of protecting and serving their neighborhoods and the city we can keep them from being a drain on society. I'm sure you'll lose a few but the one remaining will be a great addition to Law Enforcement. Blues, Stay Safe.

maria` martin @ 9/19/2016 5:09 PM

Good evening, my name is Maria Martin. I am an 15 going on 16 year old junior, an also an athletic female from Detroit Osborn High school and will be looking forward to studying law enforcement and criminal justice in college and would be excited to have an head start in this police training program to help me get an head start on my future goal and career.

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