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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Students get 'awesome' police experience

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  • Ardmore Middle School students in Donna Stanton's class got their first rides in a police car.
    On Wednesday, Sgt. Reuben Garcia, AMS school resource officer, showed the students his squad car, drove them around the parking lot and answered their questions about police work.
    "I enjoyed it very much, and I think they enjoyed it as well," Garcia said. "I'm glad I could give them that opportunity."
    The activity was a great way to wrap up the first quarter.
    "It's a wonderful experience for them to become more acquainted with a police officer. Police are not to be feared, but someone to be of help," said teacher Donna Stanton.
    Each member of the class was able to ride in the front passenger seat and control the lights and siren.
    "It's awesome, because I got to touch buttons," Marie Fraley said.
    Even those who have had previous rides in a squad car enjoyed riding around the school parking lot.
    "I got to push buttons, and it sounds really loud," Blake Carter explained.
    Then, some students decided to take a ride in the back seat.
    "It's cool, because I got to ride in it and press buttons and ride in the back seat," Chris Howell said.
    While riding in the back was fun around the school parking lot, most do not plan to ride back there in the future.
    However, some named other ways they might end up riding in a squad car in the future.
    "I'll probably see them again. A cop might take me for a ride or take me to the hospital if I have a baby," Fraley explained.
    Garcia also discussed the different types of law enforcement, ranks and insignia, traffic stops and police training.
    "I learned about a warning and a citation. I thought there was just one ticket," Howell said.
    By going through the car's trunk, students learned about the equipment police officers use when responding to a car accident.
    "I didn't know cops used a measuring tape. They measure prints at an accident," Fraley said.
    Fraley wants to be an artist when she grows up, so she was intrigued to learn that artists can work for law enforcement.
    "I might try to work for the police one day. I'm not good at drawing people, but I'm going to go to school to get better at it," she said.
    Students also hope for more interactions with the school resource officer, especially if it's controlling the lights and sirens again.
    "I want to do it again," Korey Taylor said.
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