Teens Consider Law Enforcement Careers in Training

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- For some it may take a while to figure out a career. For others it can be a decision made early on.

For high schoolers considering police work, there's training in Grand Island to see what the job is life.

Over 30 teenage girls from around Nebraska are living this week like members of the State Patrol. And they're training to see if law enforcement is something they want to with their careers.

The training program is put on by the American Legion and State Patrol and happens ever June. The 2nd week of the month is for girls, the 3rd week is for boys.

They take part in shooting, patrolling, classroom work, and driving training.

"I think it's a very beneficial for anybody interested in the military or law enforcement or any kind of service including fire departments, any type of public service. And it's also a leadership development program really," said Stacie Lundgrem, a State Patrol Investigator.

Lundgrem said there are troopers currently in NSP who participated in this program when they were teens.

And the young women in the June 9-13 week saw it as training before college classes.

"I am looking to minor in criminal justice and I wanted to see if this was really the field that I wanted to go into, and if it is, I thought this would be the perfect experience for me to really see it," said 17-year old Nyla Witzel from Brainard.

16-year old Cheyanne Lemburg from McCook added, "In college I want to major in forensic science and minor in psychology which will help me prepare for some of these fields like Trooper Lundgrem did."

The girls said they've made new friends and role models in fellow cadets and troopers.

The girls' will be graduating Friday, and the boys will begin their week on Monday.