Career and Technical Education Center

CTE Students Intern with Local Police Departments

Mar 19, 2015

Police InternFrisco ISD has partnered with local police departments to give students a realistic look at the world of law enforcement. 

The Frisco Police Department is hosting four student interns this school year from the Career and Technical Education Center, while the Little Elm Police Department is hosting one student intern.

Students spend about 90 minutes twice a week working alongside officers and civilian staff in detention, dispatch, community services, records and more. 

“Not only do we want to expose kids to what we do in law enforcement, but we want to mentor them and share with them what our daily tasks are,” said Frisco Deputy Chief of Police David Shilson. “It’s not just patrolling and catching bad guys, there’s a lot more to what we do.”

Students say the experience has been eye-opening. 

“I never thought about how it really worked,” said Wakeland High School senior Victoria Callowhill. “It gives me a new perspective on what actually goes on. You hear things on the news and don’t actually know what’s happening in house. It’s fun. I like it.”

The interns have been involved in a variety of tasks with the Frisco Police Department, including assisting with inventory, inmate detention and community outreach activities such as social media initiatives and the Department’s first-ever holiday toy drive.

Its hands-on experience students say is valuable to their understanding of the law enforcement field.

“I enjoy seeing the behind the scenes things and how it really works because you can’t learn that in the classroom,” said Heritage High School senior Jake Moulder.

This is the first year students taking the Practicum in Law Enforcement course have been involved in on-site internships. The class, like all courses at the CTE Center, is designed to provide students with authentic, real-world learning experiences in which they can explore their future.

“We hope eventually this will help us with recruiting,” Deputy Chief Shilson said. “By providing exposure to high school students, maybe they will make this their career choice when they graduate.”

Some of the students have already earned the basic 9-1-1 certification through the Emergency Communications & Dispatch course at the CTE Center. The internship class is the next step in helping them determine if a career in policing is something they want to pursue.

“It’s extremely rare for students to get this type of experience at the high school level,” said CTE teacher Chad Goins, a former police officer who facilitates the Practicum in Law Enforcement course. “In my experience, it is usually reserved for students at the college level. That’s what’s great about this opportunity - that some students may find out that law enforcement is not a fit for them, and if that’s the case, it is better to understand that now before they go to college.”