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Development program offers insight to law enforcement career

Posted July 8

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— Police officers say it’s not a job to choose on a whim, it’s a job people want. For some at a young age, a career development program through the Boy Scouts prepares those who want to pursue a career in law enforcement.

For two years, Matthew Becker has been a Law Enforcement Explorer, taking him one step closer to his dream of becoming a Wake Forest police officer.

“I love it, every second of it, Becker said. “Every day and every meeting that I come to, I learn so much for the explorers thanks to the officers that come and help us.

The explorers meet twice a month for classroom and practical training. If participants are old enough, they get to take part in ride-alongs with an officer.

“They see firsthand that it’s not all driving fast and arresting people,” said Sgt. Aaron Bitting. “There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes, the public relations part of law enforcement that they get to learn.”

There is much to learn, and possibly sacrifice, which was made evidence by the tragic events in Dallas Thursday night.

However, young Becker said he’s undeterred.

“This just interests me so much,” Becker said. “How all the police officers, what they do for our country, I want to be one of them and actually help citizens out on a daily basis.”


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