Thursday, August 21, 2014

Central Heights teens set for student cadet program

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 4/28/2014

RICHMOND — Two Franklin County high school students might be among the next generation of men and women to don blue uniforms and revel in the duty to serve and protect.

Central Heights juniors Eli Davis and Chance Schooler were awarded funding from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin County Attorney’s Office to participate in the Junior Law Cadet Program through the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, Linda Allen, Central Heights counselor, said. The program takes place June 8 through June 13 and is taught by officers of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Students must complete their junior year of high school to be eligible for the program.

RICHMOND — Two Franklin County high school students might be among the next generation of men and women to don blue uniforms and revel in the duty to serve and protect.

Central Heights juniors Eli Davis and Chance Schooler were awarded funding from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin County Attorney’s Office to participate in the Junior Law Cadet Program through the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, Linda Allen, Central Heights counselor, said. The program takes place June 8 through June 13 and is taught by officers of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Students must complete their junior year of high school to be eligible for the program.

The program’s goal is to provide students with first-hand experience of law enforcement training and encourage students to look at a possible career opportunity in the law enforcement, according to a brochure. Student cadets learn about marching, inspections, and emergency vehicle operation, the Kansas Highway Patrol’s Extreme Teen program said. They spend some time in a classroom, receive basic firearms training, and experience some Kansas Highway Patrol Aircraft operations.

Stephen Hunting, Franklin County attorney, said the county funds several programs like the Junior Law Cadet Program to promote safer environments for the students and society. Hunting often receives request to help fund after-prom parties for high schools in the area as well, he said.

The county attorney’s office likes to make donations to programs it thinks will benefit the community and is appropriate, Hunting said.

“We try to spread it out throughout the county,” Hunting said. “We make donations to after prom, because we want to keep the kids safe. It’s good to have after-prom programs to have them all in one place and safe.”

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