Students in St. Agatha got a lesson in law enforcement and substance abuse today. Representatives from several different law enforcement agencies spoke to students and stressed the importance of making good decisions. News Source 8’s Angela Christoforos has the story…
What you do now affects you later. It’s one of the main messages relayed to Wisdom Middle/High School students at Thursday’s Law Enforcement Fair. Over 150 students broke into 6 different sessions throughout the school day. Officials from 6 different agencies shared their law enforcement duties, and words of advice.
Juvenile Community Corrections Officer Bill Francis said, “A lot of us we live in the area so they know us and so they’re going to take what we say a little more seriously.”
Wisdom Middle/High School Guidance Counselor Larry St. Peter said, “These are real people involved in real jobs they talk about real life experiences and I think the whole reality of the career is really brought to the kids.”
There’s no better way to learn about the different branches of law enforcement, then from the pros themselves. Representatives from Customs and Border Protection, the Maine Forest Service, Warden Service, MDEA, Maine Department of Corrections and Maine State Police all spoke to the students, and answered their questions.
Wisdom Middle/High School Senior Jakob Munoz said, “I’ve gotten quite a bit out of it, I’ve learned you know, the different branches of law enforcement.”
Wisdom Middle/High School 7th grader Alyssa Banville said, “It’s way better than just reading from a text book or something.”
Representatives spoke about law enforcement career options and why it’s important to steer clear of substance abuse.
District Game Warden Adrian Marquis said, “That is one of the things that has disqualified some potentially great candidates for law enforcement but because of some bad mistakes that they’ve made in their past that ruins their chances.”
The hope is that raising education and awareness will encourage students to make better choices.
The Law Enforcement Fair was sponsored by Community Voices, which is a group out of Fort Kent that aims to reduce underage drinking.