BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — It’s a hot summer morning on Fairhope Pier, but that’s not stopping some students at Baldwin County School from staying active over summer vacation.
“We take them out in the summer and show them different trades and different life lessons that they can apply as they get older,” said Paul Adams, resource officer at the Bay Minette Police Academy.
This is part of a larger initiative by Bay Minette Police and its SRO Hour Glass program to spend quality time with students on and off campus. Over the next 7 weeks it’s not just about baiting a hook, although on Thursday they will spend some time fishing at Fairhope Pier.
“We are trying to bridge this gap between the police society. We’re trying to let those kids inside those schools know that we can be trusted. We are here to help you. At the end of the day, we are still police officers and we have a job to do, but we are here for the children,” he explained.
And this work is even more important than ever. Outings like this help keep our youngsters focused. SROs let them know that they can achieve any goal they set for themselves in life, even at a young age.
“Once they grow up and leave high school, they have so many options to choose from. These boys are going to grow up to be maybe your mayors, your police chiefs, your fire chiefs, so for us to instill those values in them at an early age, it’s a blessing more for us than for them, they don’t realize just not that,” Officer Adams continued.
They don’t just fish, these Bay Minette ORS are also businesses in the area. The program gives students the opportunity to see first-hand what skills are needed in various industries, and even visit the city garage this week.
“On Tuesday we took them to the town garage in Bay Minette and showed them how to change the oil, change a tire and give them these little lessons that they can apply as they get older,” he added. .