Alexandria Youngsters Get Inside Look at Local Law Enforcement | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Alexandria Youngsters Get Inside Look at Local Law Enforcement

Play associated audio

In Alexandria, Virginia, the Sheriff's Office is broadening its outreach to youngsters by sponsoring the department's first ever Youth Academy.

Deputy Monique Edwards guides 16 children through the detention center on Mill Road, trying to get them to understand exactly what it means to be one of the 500 inmates who are incarcerated here.

Edwards and her boss, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, insist that the youth academy is NOT designed to scare children "straight." But the tour is a pretty good reminder why they should pursue good grades rather than getting into trouble with the law.

13-year-old James Boseman "got" the message. "It's kind of like a reality check for me," Boseman said.

Sheriff Lawhorne hopes the program will encourage more young people to consider police officers as their friends whose job is to help and protect them.

Youngsters who attend the academy will visit the police firing range, ride in patrol cars and visit a courthouse to observe how public defenders and prosecutors work.

Lawhorne wants the children to experience the same thrill he got when a police officer took him for a "ridealong" when he was 14. That propelled him into a 30-year career in law enforcement. Lawhorne hopes to offer the three-day academy every summer just before schools reopen.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

NPR

After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

For one family in Overland Park, Kan., it's not Christmas without Mrs. Lawrence. The tea cake, rich with butter and spices, is named for the neighbor who would hand deliver it every holiday season.
NPR

After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

For one family in Overland Park, Kan., it's not Christmas without Mrs. Lawrence. The tea cake, rich with butter and spices, is named for the neighbor who would hand deliver it every holiday season.
NPR

What To Expect In The 2016 Presidential Announcement Season

With Jeb Bush signaling he's likely to run for president in 2016, it's another sign that the presidential announcement season is underway. Here's a look at who has jumped in the race early and what to expect in the coming months.
NPR

Online Sellers Pop Up In Real Life, For A Limited Time Only

One-click shopping is changing the ways people shop and retailers sell their wares. But some online retailers are opening physical stores — some of which last as short as a day.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.