Ten high school students interested in law enforcement completed a hands-on training program with the Beaverton Police Department.
The summer academy spanned six days over a two-week period and gave high school students a chance to learn some of the tools of the trade for police officers.
That included lessons on interviewing, report writing, use of force, traffic stops, high-risk traffic stops, arrest techniques, de-escalation skills and how to wear and use law enforcement tools.
The students wrapped up the academy Friday by running an obstacle course and using their newly learned skills in simulated law enforcement scenarios.
The student academy was developed from the citizens academy, a 12-week program that gives community members a first-hand experience of how the police department operates.
The goal of the student academy is to break down barriers to communication by providing an opportunity for officers and teens to work together.
"As experienced by law enforcement agencies throughout the nation, the Beaverton Police Department has seen a decreasing amount of respect for authority among some of its younger residents. The opinions and ideas of children of what police officers do are based more often on what they see on television shows and in the movies than through positive interactions with police officers," according to a Beaverton Police Department statement.