Some teens in Bellevue are getting a first-hand look at what it takes to be an officer of the law.
The first day at this Bellevue Citizen's Academy is filled with lectures and also some real-life examples of what it is like to be an officer of the law. Most of the students are planning on a career on a police force.
"I've always wanted to be a police officer and I'm going college in the fall to be one, studying criminal justice," said Sean Needham, one of the students in the class. Needham says his parents were concerned at first but have now accepted his career choice. Going to this academy will give him an idea of what is expected of him.
Taylor Tollefson already knows the job she wants at the FBI requires her to work on a local police force. "I want to be in the FBI, I decided that a couple of years ago. I'm going to Lincoln in the fall and will be studying criminal justice and criminology," Tollefson said.
The students will get to see demonstrations from a K-9 unit also. The Bellevue Police Department and the community as a whole benefits from the week-long academy. "It's a great community outreach thing for us be involved with the youth of the community and it is a very positive thing for us. It's an initiative we're trying to put a lot more energy into," Bellevue Police Chief Mark Elbert said.