On October 24th, 30 members of our Keystone Club, a service and leadership group for older teens, experienced a day in the life of police officers through Sheriff Tom Knight’s Rightful Policing Strategy workshop. The goal of the workshop was for youth to understand how law enforcement works and to strengthen the relationship between officers and the community.
“It was completely life changing, and I strongly believe that this is something that everyone should get a chance to experience," said Almuta H., Keystone Club President at the Lee Wetherington Club.
The training took the teens through several mock scenarios with officers from traffic stops to domestic violence calls to get a better understanding of what law enforcement experiences on a daily basis out in the field.
“It was an unbelievable experience and it gave us an entirely new perspective of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office," said Teen Specialist Geoffry Gilot.
Recent media coverage on police brutality is the main reason Sheriff Knight and his team invited our Keystone Club members to participate in the Rightful Policing Strategy workshop. They want young people to see the other side of law enforcement that is not always shown in the news.
“It was a great experience because it showed us that being a sheriff isn’t an easy job, and there is so much more to it than what we see on the news," said Alex B., Keystone Club member at the Lee Wetherington Club.
The workshop was a success, and our members returned to their Clubs that afternoon with new respect and appreciation for our Sheriff’s Office.
Thank you to Sheriff Knight and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office for this amazing experience for our Keystone Club members.