Student Training & Exploration Program Students Get First-hand Look at Law Enforcement



DAPHNE, Ala. (February 22, 2018) - Ninth Graders with the Eastern Shore Chamber Foundation’s Student Training & Exploration Program (STEP) are getting a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement and what officers go through on a daily basis when approaching traffic stops, domestic violence calls and even noise complaints.

"Seeing these 9th grade students from our high schools stepping out of their comfort zone, interacting and engaging with law enforcement was huge.  It was great to really see that interaction and for them to have a better understanding of an officer’s day to day life,” said Christina Hellmich, Director of Workforce Development.

Officers with the Daphne Police Department & FBI walked students through multiple scenarios and even let them experience what it’s like behind the badge.

"Several students when they were put in a scenario and acted like a police officer, it was amazing how their natural instinct was to act just like a police officer would, ask the questions that an officer would ask,” said Hellmich.

The program introduces the students to the possibility of pursuing law enforcement as a career, gives local officers a chance to build relationships & helps students understand the best ways to de-escalate a situation should they find themselves being pulled over.

The Eastern Shore Chamber Foundation would like to thank the Daphne Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation for showing the students the ropes, our program sponsor Daphne Utilities for making STEPS possible and this month's generous lunch sponsor M&M Bank - Fairhope. 

For more information about the Eastern Shore Chamber’s Student Training & Exploration Program and how it’s working to expose high school students to valuable career opportunities in our area, visit


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