Pinellas Sheriff Gives Kids a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Law Enforcement
The PCSO Discovery Day program is geared at Pinellas kids ages 8 to 13.
PINELLAS COUNTY – Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has launched the PCSO Discovery Day program to give children a hands-on, behind-the-scenes look at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Participants will receive a welcome from PCSO staff before separating into groups and experiencing four “education stations.” These stations will include PCSO vehicle displays, a modified version of the Physical Abilities Test course to see if they have what it takes to be a deputy sheriff, a hands-on crime scene investigation experience and the opportunity to take on the Targeted Response Against Distracted Driving course.
“We launched the Sheriff’s Teen Citizens Academy a few years ago and have had a lot of success with it, but as we’re out there (in the community) we hear from parents with children who have a lot of interest in law enforcement but aren’t old enough for the teen program,” Gualtieri said. “This program will give younger kids the opportunity to learn more about law enforcement and
most importantly, have positive interactions with our members in the process.”
The first Discovery Day is scheduled 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Sheriff’s Administration Building, 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo. The program is open to children ages 8 to 13 who live in
Pinellas County. Each participant must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of the program. There are 52 spots available and they will be filled first come, first served.
Applications will be accepted through July 28 or when the program is full, whichever comes first. For questions or additional information, call Community Programs at (727) 582-6612.
For an application, go to pcsoweb.com/.
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