Juarez-Lincoln High School students belonging to the Academy of Public Service welcomed the arrival of their very own police unit late last week. Thanks to the generous donation made by the City of Peñitas Police Department, students will now have real-world, hands-on training, to better equip them for diverse careers in law enforcement.

“Our police department recently added a new fleet of patrol cars, and in partnering with La Joya ISD, we felt donating the extra vehicle would be extremely beneficial to the students in our area (who are interested in pursuing careers in law)” said Roel Bermea, City of Peñitas Chief of Police. “We help our community today, so that tomorrow hopefully these kids can come back to be a part of our police force or any other in our neighboring towns.”

Not only will the 160 plus students who are a part of the Public Service Academy be able to make a real world connection, but the police car will also help in preparing them for their annual Skills USA competition as well as further develop themes learned in the classroom.

“We couldn’t be happier with this new addition to our teaching tools,” added Ms. Santos Palomo, Academy Director at Juarez Lincoln HS. “ The kids are excited to have an actual unit to train with – and as a goal of the Academies, making those career connections is key to the success of this program.”

Though the students will not actually be driving the car themselves, having the vehicle as part of the curriculum allows the students to have an overall outlook of its physical components, plus also practice techniques and procedures that are best learned with the help of a real police unit.

La Joya ISD is grateful for the donation, which is certain to make an important impact in the lives of many students as they choose their career pathways.