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Youth and Law Enforcement Forum

 Youth with law enforcement
Youth with law enforcement
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Who is the person behind the badge?  Can perception be different than reality?

To get answers to those questions and more, Onslow County high school students sat down with law enforcement officials Nov. 3, during the second annual Onslow County Youth and Law Enforcement Forum at the Onslow County Government Complex.

The forum provided teens the opportunity to understand the vital role officers play in keeping their community safe and enabled students to engage with officers to build trust and promote mutual respect.  Students were given snapshots into the day-to-day life of a police officer and they learned a little about what is it like to work in law enforcement.

In this critical time, Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said, this event is important because it promotes understanding and breaks down barriers and misconceptions which can result in safer communities.  He said we all need to work especially hard at communicating with each other, building trust, and developing mutual respect.

Officers, deputies and troopers from seven law enforcement agencies presented an array of topics for discussion.  In addition to breakout sessions, officers sat and talked with students one-on-one during lunch.  They shared stories about their experiences at work to give a better understanding of some of the split-second decisions they must make. 

Breakout session topics included perceptions, civil participation and the law, and social media and the law.  Students were also given many opportunities to ask officers anything they wanted.  Students shared their feelings about what is happing nationally and the impact it has had on them.



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