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Junior law cadets spend one week as officers-in-training
High school junior boys are facing a tough week of boot camp at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center.
During the girls' session last week, some cried their way through it, and one even went home.
The camp isn't just any camp; it prepares young people for just about anything that occurs in the streets as an officer.
News 5's Dara Newson is live in the studio with the details, Dara?
The forty boys participating this week were chosen from a pool of 160 applicants from across the state.
And, today was their first day at the 24-week camp that's squeezed into seven days of sweat, sleepless nights and hustle and bustle.
"We expose them to as many divisions of the state patrol as we can, along with city county and federal law enforcement," said Sgt. Jim Stover, Nebraska State Patrol
From position of attention, to marching, and bed making, it all must be done to a "T," or else.
"Today, Monday is usually the big eye opener for them," said Trooper Cody Paro, Nebraska State Patrol. " I set the standard for them pretty quickly, they are men, or as in last week they are women and they are responsible for themselves."
With almost one day down and six more to go, and Trooper Cody Paro isn't taking any slack, but the boys are up for the challenge.
"I've been interested in law enforcement since I was this tall so I always kind of wanted to be a police officer and I have a lot of respect for them," said Junior Law Cadet Austin Lamoree.
"I'm a little nervous but I'm excited to do all the activities," added Junior Law Cadet Shane Kohmetscher.
"The first thing that sparked my interest when I was 3 years old and I got in trouble for stealing candy and I had to talk to a police officer
These boys come from across the state of Nebraska with high hopes of someday being the tough guy, like Trooper Paro.
At this time I plan on going to UNO and major in law and criminal justice and I plan to go on and go into police force," said Junior Law Cadet Austin Garrett.
If you know someone who would like to apply to be part of next year's Junor Law Cadet Program, visit www.nletc.com
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