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Friday, March 31, 2023

Ocala Police Department to host mentoring program for high school students

The Ocala Police Department is preparing to host another session of its mentoring program for local high school students who are interested in a career in law enforcement.

The Public Safety Mentoring Program will provide an opportunity for participating 11th and 12th graders to learn first-hand what it is like to serve as a police officer.

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Participants will get a first-hand look at what it is like to be a police officer (Photo: Ocala Police Department)

Throughout the 10-week program, participants will get to interact with public safety professionals while taking part in a variety of activities including building searches, defense training tactics, a firearms simulator, 911 dispatch, crime scene investigations, and more.

Ocala Police Department offering mentorship program for 11th and 12th graders
Participating 11th and 12th grade students will learn about firearms and firearm safety during the program (Photo: Ocala Police Department)

According to OPD, the program will also focus on character development, life skills training, and positive decision-making. During the various interactions and group activities, police officers will share their own experiences and offer advice to help steer the participating students in a positive direction.

For more information on the Ocala Police Department’s Public Safety Mentoring Program, or to sign up, contact Major Cuppy via email at: [email protected].