ST. CHARLES – St. Charles School District 303 high school students interested in pursuing law enforcement as a career will receive guidance through a Law Enforcement Club recently launched by the St. Charles Police Department.
St. Charles North High School Resource Officer Bill Tynan said the club will allow students to find out more about law enforcement.
"I've heard from some kids and some staff members asking if there was anything like this available, and there wasn't," Tynan said.
The first meeting will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the St. Charles Police Department, 211 N. Riverside Ave. The club will then meet the third Tuesday of every month during the school year.
The club will offer hands-on opportunities to learn, discuss current events and network with guest speakers who work in the law enforcement field.
"We're going to give them opportunities to learn about local law enforcement, but it's also going to be a good opportunity for them to experience some of the different avenues in law enforcement as a whole," Tynan said. "The hope is to bring in some people to talk with them about what some different agencies do and kind of give them some different ideas that they might not be aware of."
Students will decide the club's direction.
"My goal for this is for it to be student run," Tynan said. "We're going to treat it like it's a school club. It's just not being held in the school. Having it at the police station was [a way] to incorporate both high schools."
Giving back and volunteering in the community also is a central theme of the club. Tynan said he hopes the club will further educate students about the law enforcement field and help them decide if they want to pursue law enforcement as a career.
"Maybe it will help them discover it's not what they want to do or maybe it kind of invigorates them and points them in a more specific direction as to where they want to go in the field," Tynan said.
Those students interested in being part of the club can call Tynan at 630-443-3847 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.