The N.C. State Highway Patrol will launch a high school internship program next month in an effort to improve relationships among youth across North Carolina.
The program begins Feb. 15 and will end May 15, according to Sgt. Michael Baker. The 40-hour program is designed to provide students with real-life perspectives on law enforcement careers while improving the organization's efficiency. Participants will perform non-enforcement-related duties while adhering to the same professional standards expected of uniformed personnel.
“This program offers both education advancement in law enforcement and increased organizational productivity,” said Col. Glenn McNeill Jr., Highway Patrol commander, in a press release. “Our goal is to develop career-minded young men and women who have inspirations [sic] of becoming a state trooper.”
It is up to the local troop captains as to how many positions will be filled.
“As applications are received, the troop captain or their designee will determine how many applicants will proceed through the program while considering the work load currently on local SHP offices and its members,” said Baker.
Interns who participate in the program will be required to complete the following tasks prior to graduation:
Highway Patrol district office observation
Local jail facility tour
District and Superior Court observation
Ride along(s) with a trooper
Basic Law Enforcement Training School observation
Highway Patrol defensive driving training
Highway Patrol defensive tactics training
Upon completion of required tasks, interns must complete an essay summarizing their experience of the program. Interns will receive graduation certificates upon completion of all requirements.
For more information about the internship program or to apply, applicants are encouraged to contact their local Highway Patrol district office. Graham's Highway Patrol office can be reached at 336-570-6809. A list of local office contacts can be located at www.nsdps.gov.