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Police Academy

Police Academy

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Show 1629: Police Academy
Air Date: July 17, 2016



Rob McClendon: You wouldn’t think the average high school student would dream about a career in law enforcement, yet a growing number of young people do believe it’s a field they want to enter. With more, here’s our Jessica Betts.

Jessica Lowe-Betts: Fighting crime is a job that most people want nothing to do with, but not for one young woman who is dedicating her life to it. At this year’s SkillsUSA competition in Tulsa, I had the pleasure of meeting Shannon Jackson, a young lady you don’t want to play around with.

Shannon Jackson: Take a few steps back, sir. You’re under arrest. Turn around.

Jessica: Shannon Jackson is no longer a 17-year-old high school student.

Jackson: Sir, I need you to stay still and bend over at the waist.

Jessica: At least she doesn’t want this guy to think so.

Jackson: Bend over!

Jackson: You have to have a command presence. You have to walk up there, and they need to know that you’re the one in charge.

Jessica: And that she is.

Jackson: One male occupant in the vehicle.

Jessica: Showcasing all she’s learned as a first-year student at Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton.

Jackson: We know how to properly handcuff somebody, how to properly unhandcuff somebody. We know how to use our batons. We also have been in the lab, fingerprinting. We have to go through CPR, report writing.

Jessica: And her sharp performance at this year’s SkillsUSA competition is proving that’s she’s well-equipped for the job. But it took a personal commitment.

Jackson: In being a citizen of Lawton and seeing the drugs, all of the violence and the gang stuff that goes on, I don’t want, when I get older and I have a family, I don’t want my children to grow up in something like that.

Jessica: And Shannon says she’s letting nothing, not even her gender, stop her.

Jackson: It’s difficult at times, because you get, oh, well you’re a female. This is a man’s job. No, it’s not. If you do a traffic stop, the person in the vehicle is not worried about if you’re a man or a woman. If you’re a police officer, you have a gun, you have a badge.

Jessica: And when she turns 21, a police department is where she’ll start, hoping to work her way up to the FBI.

Jackson: I just want to excel and do the best that I can.

Jessica: Doing her part in making our world a safer place.

Jackson: OK, go ahead and stand up. Keep your feet spread apart. Keep your feet in front of the car.

Jessica: Now Shannon went on to compete in the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City and ranked 18th in the nation. She is completing her last year at Great Plains Technology Center and plans to continue her education in criminal justice.

Rob: Well, thanks, Jessica.