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Police Training High School Students How To Interact With Officers

The AP via YellowBrix

December 17, 2009

, Ohio — In a town where football players are treated like Hollywood stars, police are holding their own workshops with the actors.

Officers in Columbus, home of the lionized Ohio State Buckeyes, are visiting high schools to teach the next generation of gridiron greats that they are not invincible. Re-enacting scenarios gleaned from the streets, they share tips on how athletes should conduct themselves during encounters with the law. Throughout the summer and autumn, the show has garnered praise from schools and city officials. More performances are in the works, and police are expanding audiences to include non-athletes.

The first show closed with a speech that was part metaphor, part challenge.

“The world is made up of three categories of people. You’re either a sheep, a wolf, or a guard dog,” Detective Larry Wilson declared. “It’s funny how one guard dog can make three wolves run.”

He paused and looked out at the young faces in the crowd.

“The fact that you’re playing football right now tells me that you’re probably not a sheep. So which one are you?” he asked. “You can’t be both.”

  • 707168ad30b8a8c4_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I wish they would come talk to the HS football players in my town, they believe that they are above the law and are supported in their beliefs by their coaches, city coucil and county commissioners.

  • N638630900_285958_3572_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My home town!!! GO BUCKS!!!! :)

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Growing up I was taught that the police officer was my friend. Hopefully this is a re-occurring trend!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    This is an excellent idea! I dont know why they dont teach this in all schools. What we may take for common sense...these kids dont know. Its just like when I go to court for violation hearing/warrant recalls, I will see at least 3 or 4 "20 somethings" with a hat of some type on their head. To me this is common protocol when appearing in court, you dont wear a hat! However, based on whatever type of upbringing these youngsters have had, they dont know any better. And yes, there are some that dont care. But usually they do when they address the judge and he reams them a new one for wearing the hat... lol!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I have to agree, this should spread to beyond athletes. Kids in general now a days tend to show a lack of respect to not only law enforcement, but also their parents and teachers as well. Good Job here!!!

  • Cops_robbers_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Any positive action made in this direction is just that, a positive. As LEO's we rely on our training to fall back on in stressful situations, hopefully this has the same effect on some of these student athletes.

  • Lakewood_pd_max50


    over 4 years ago


    And why is this being taught to students. This should be common sense. I really gotta ask is wearing those helmets necessary?

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Well said fplasencia.

  • Img_0338_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sounds like a great program!! They should implement that here in NYC. Follow instructions & don't act like an idiot.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Good, let them hear it from Police Officers.
    Not from the boys at the 'hood'.

  • Sweetums_max50


    over 4 years ago


    1. Should be required training for any pro athlete, so good role models don't become bad examples and so forth. 2. How about a drivers ed course for HS students on how to act and conducts selves on a traffic stop?

  • Gas_mask_1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Good work!

  • My_kids_027_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This sounds like a good program and if it makes our job any easier dealing with these kids on the streets thats great.

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