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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB)--Metro Police are spending a lot of time at one local high school these days. And from the outside, it's a little shocking! Especially the images of a gun in the hands of a student.
"I will shoot! drop the gun!" says one student.
But the student is one of the good guys. It is all part of Fairdale High School's police academy magnet program.
"I learned that there's more to it than just police patrolling," says Emma Swann, Fairdale Junior.
Swann is one of dozens of students in the program. Like many of her classmates, she's using the program to prepare for her career.
Swann says, "It's kind of in the same field and it's good to know a little bit about both."
It is a progressive program with everything from a simulated shooting range, to composite sketches and even an elaborate 911 dispatch center.
"Where these students have an opportunity at age 18 to be nationally certified and approved to work at any 911 across the country," says Alan Wolf, Fairdale Law Enforcement Teacher.
Wolf retired from the old Jefferson County Police department and has been working with the police academy at Fairdale for 11 years.
Wolf says, "We try to run the kids through during the four years kind of a complete program of what they may expect in the hiring process, all the way through the training."
Wolf says the goal is to give students a good idea of what a career in law enforcement entails by graduation. "When they leave here they can write reports, they can do action reports, they can write search warrants, they can do criminal investigation, they can learn how to finger print."
And Metro Police support what Fairdale is doing. That's mainly because it helps recruit young people who interested in a career in law enforcement and that's why officers from this department visit the school every week.
Wolf says, "LMPD has agreed this year in working with us and we have a guest speaker scheduled every Wednesday for the school year."
So whether it's a hostage situation or collecting evidence, students are learning that being an officer is not easy work.
Swann says, "I learned that there's more to it than just police patrolling."
Fairdale's magnet program also includes fire and EMS training.