Wayne Rikard, Gwinnett County Schools chief of police safety and security, right, recognizes veteran school resource officers as they train for the 2014-15 school year in Lawrenceville, Ga., marking the first time Gwinnett schools will have armed officers in all of its middle schools. David Tulis / AJC Special
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Photo: David Tulis/David Tulis

Gwinnett starts law enforcement program for students

Gwinnett County’s school resource officers and its security office are partnering with the Boy Scouts to start a program to teach students interested in careers in law enforcement.

Membership to the Law Enforcement Explorer program is open to all currently enrolled Gwinnett County public high school students ages 14-20. Enrollees meet twice a month on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gwinnett School Police Headquarters located at 1229 Northbrook Center, Suite A, Suwanee. The next two meetings are January 17 and January 24.

Students will receive training in traffic stops, domestic violence, DUI investigations, and accident investigations from veteran police officers. They also will have the opportunity to compete in various police competitions. During the summer, students can attend an abbreviated 40-hour police academy.  

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