Orlando police launch junior reserve program for high school students interested in law enforcement

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Students at two Orlando high schools will soon get the opportunity to train and develop skills that will help prepare them for careers in law enforcement.

The Orlando Police Department announced the Junior Reserve Law Enforcement Program on Wednesday.

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Officers said the new program is like the Junior ROTC program at high schools now, but for law enforcement.

The department partnered with Orange County Public Schools, the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and Valencia College School of Public Safety to make it happen.

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Officers said the program will initially be offered at Lake Nona and Jones High Schools. They said it will offer several benefits in addition to helping prepare students for the workforce in all fields of law enforcement.

“It’s a way for students to learn important skills, professionalism and puts them on track to potentially join the academy,” Commissioner Bakari Burns said.

Approximately 300 Lake Nona and Jones students are already interested in the program, which will start in the fall. The students will receive uniforms and be taught by retired law enforcement officers.

Officials said if all goes well, the program will expand to the three other Orlando high schools.