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Youth police academy teaches pressures of law enforcement

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
They say that youth are the future of our country. For the Sioux City Police Department, that phrase was especially true Tuesday, as they gave some students an inside look at their profession.

For students pursuing a career in law enforcement, this is just one of the many questions they'll use throughout their career.
"Routine traffic stops are never routine," said police officer James Clark. "The only thing that's really routine about them is the position of our patrol vehicles when a person stops. Everything after that is you have different types of drivers."

As part of the Sioux City Police Department Youth Academy, these students learned the tactics that officers use during traffic stops, and also behind the wheel. "Our training throughout the year is the driving instructors will set up different obstacle courses and we negotiate controlled vehicles through those," said Clark.

And as the day went on, everyone got a chance to see how intense it can be at the wheel of a cop car.

Not all are cut out for this line of work. Some of the students, however, just might be. "It does make me want to do it more," said North junior Chris Clayton. "They need people to help and stuff like that, and I'm one of those guys that likes to help around, so I think I could really get into this."

Despite the fun of the activities, the event carries a serious message. "It shows us the dangers that they go through and what they actually do to protect us every day," said East graduate Krimson Girard. "So it gives you a more in-depth appreciation for them."

And what they do to protect not just our city, but cities all over the country.

Most of the students involved in the tutorial are interested in a career in law enforcement.
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