Students tour Phoenix Police Academy

Dozens of children from South Phoenix got to tour the Phoenix Police Academy and learn more about the officers who patrol the city.

"Anytime you turn on the news lately there is a lot of the bad that we see with law enforcement, what we want to do is highlight the good," said Assistant Chief Mike Kurtenbach.

"This is a wonderful experience, great for community relations, for the City of Phoenix, the Police Department, and for our youths as well, so they can have a strong and positive experience, and exposure to what the Phoenix Police Department does," said Prentice Moore with 100 Black Men of Phoenix.

It's the third year the group "100 Black Men of Phoenix" has brought the kids to learn about the department.

"We do events like this where we gather a group of youth and bring them out and allow them to have exposure to opportunities," said Moore.

"We can sit down, and we can talk, we can answer questions, we can share information and hopefully build some long lasting partnerships," he said.

The kids got to tour the training facility, ask questions and see demonstrations about what police deal with daily.

"They said we were going to the police academy, and I wanted to learn more about law enforcement," said Xavier Lizarraga.

"To find out more about law enforcement and how it helps the community," said another student

The group hopes the kids walk away with a new understanding and possibly new career goals.

"We want them to see what's really going on and understand there might be challenges with whatever you do. But here is a group of people who really care about what we're about, and we're doing here," said Kurtenbach.
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