Children become junior deputies in Bee County
The children gained hands-on experience and went through different scenarios that officers face in the street.
BEE COUNTY, Texas – The Bee County Sheriff’s Office recruited a special group of junior deputies this week, as part of a summer program that aims to show children different aspects of crime-fighting.
The kids may only be 10 to 14 years old, but they’re already learning the ins and outs of what it takes to be the Sheriff’s Deputy.
“I love the adrenaline rush,” said Leah Uribe.
The junior assistant also likes to take down bad guys.
Uribe said the class opened his eyes to a possible future career as a civil servant.
She is one of a hundred children who have become subordinate assistants for the week. They can get their hands on the different scenarios that officers face on the street.
“I learned a bit about narcotics and we did a bit of gun handling,” Uribe said.
“We have to be in a little police chase,” Connor Jemeyson said.
The vehicle chases were conducted in a controlled setting, but they were just as intense as the real deal.
“My mom says when I was little she said I always wanted to be a cop,” Azran Ybarra said.
“I think it’s really fun and useful,” Leah Ramirez said.
“They are able to interact, to give commands. We want them to be loud, to instruct people to get out of their cars. They use training guns which have been purchased for this program,” he said. said Sgt. Rick Villarreal with the Bee County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Villarreal has been an instructor of the program since its inception four years ago. An effort led by the Bee County Sheriff’s Office that also teaches children lifesaving skills like CPR.
“Some of the kids came in thinking they weren’t going to like it, forced by their parents and at the end of the week they don’t want to leave,” said Sgt. Villarréal.
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