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Middle School Students Look at Life on the Force

Students at Margaret Buerkle and Bernard Middle schools are participating in a Police Teen Academy.

Seventh and eighth graders are getting an inside look at St. Louis County’s finest in a new Police Teen Academy.

School Resources Officers Amy Willenbrock and Kelly Eller started the eight-week program at Margaret Buerkle and Bernard Middle schools.

The program meets for two hours a week and looks at the daily responsibilities of police officers. 

The students simulate crime scene investigations, learn tactics and meet with the county’s specialized units, such as Metro Air Support and the K-9 Unit.

“The program is a fun way for students to see what we do as police officers, and it gets them excited about becoming police officers themselves,” Willenbrock said in a district release.

Students submitted an application to their School Resource Officer and are selected based on academics and an interview. At the end of the program, the Police Teen Academy will host a graduation ceremony. 

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