LITTLE FALLS – Children within the Little Falls community are working with police officers this week to learn the ropes and gain a better understanding of what local police do to keep them safe.
The kids may not be old enough to drive or drink yet, but on Tuesday they got the chance to test drive golf carts around a parking lot outside Benton Hall with “drunk goggles.” The goggles are meant to simulate the effects of drinking and driving, and ingrain a vivid and serious message in their minds.
For the Little Falls Junior Police Academy this week, it’s all about connecting with the kids.
"It gives us an opportunity to reach out to the community so we can talk with the children that we maybe we don't see all the time that are interested in being a police officer. Even the ones that aren't, just so they can see kind of what we can do in the community each day," said Faith Lasher of the Little Falls Police Department.
The Junior Police Academy continues through the end of the week. Children will do drills and defensive tactics on Wednesday, along with a 911 session. Traffic stop lessons will be on Thursday, and on Friday will be a field trip and graduation.