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Phoenix Police host 3rd annual Law Enforcement Explorers Training

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Summer is no break for 48 valley teenagers. They are up early, working out, and learning new skills.

It's a boot camp of sorts run by lawmen and women.

Up before dawn and ready to run, participants go through a tough obstacle course at the Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy.

48 teens signed up and were accepted to the Police Explorer Academy.

"There's other people that go out there and do bad things, I feel like I'm doing something good," says explorer Anna Canpuzno.

This obstacle course is the same one law enforcement officers use to train.

"They were really trying. It makes me remember when I did this obstacle course 21 years ago.

They did it well," says Phoenix Police Lt. Tony Lopez.

The Police Explorer Academy started back in 1973, giving teens from 14 to 20 years old a chance to see what it's like to be a police officer.

"I decided to come here to get a better experience of what it's going to be like in a couple of years," says explorer Ryan Walters.

That's why a lot of these teenagers are here. Many of these explorers are going to college with the idea of a career in law enforcement in the future.

That's what the three Salazar sisters are thinking about.

"I think it's such a great experience for us to be able to be out here and getting this experience," says explorer Anna Salazar.

In a few years from now you could see them patrolling the streets.

The program lasts two intense weeks. The explorers will graduate from the program Friday night.

Arizona Law Enforcement Academy
10001 South 15th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ


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