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River View High School students visit State Police Academy

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CHARLESTON -

Between witnessing a dog find planted drugs on their bus and actually shooting a gun towards a threatening situation, these River View High School students got the full state police academy experience.

The 50 high schoolers are in George Kennedy's Law and Public Safety class this year.

He said he brought the students here to get them thinking about possible career options at a young enough age.

"A career in law enforcement is a stable career, it offers retirement, and there's a lot of opportunity for advancement but they were not aware of that. I want to make them aware that there are a lot of opportunities in this department or their city or state agencies," said Kennedy.

State troopers said they always enjoy seeing young people so interested in a career within law enforcement.

And not only did they see what the cadets train with, but they also learned about different departments within the state police like the special operations K-9 unit.