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Police Academy hopefuls at SFA defend America's officers

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

In recent months, the fine line between police brutality and police protection has been under fire.

With all of this controversy, how is it affecting the future members of our police departments?

On Wednesday, hundreds of Stephen F. Austin State University students began their job search. Among them, two young men had their focus on recruiters in uniform.

“I've always wanted to be a state trooper since I was little,” said SFA criminal justice student Andrew Pena. “My dad was a state trooper.”

“My dad, he was in the army and he was also CID,” added fellow SFA criminal justice student Hayden Hilton.

We asked if the recent police news has discouraged any fellow classmates from going into the police academy.

Pena said, “Absolutely.”

The two students add that they're well aware that a career in law enforcement will come with scrutiny.

“To be a police officer, it takes a special kind of person that can deal with the scrutiny that comes with being a police officer,” said Pena.

Pena and Hilton, both being sons of officers, say they have a special understanding for men and women in uniform.

“You know, at the end of the day, police officers are people too, and they want to go home to their families, their children, and their loved ones,” said Hilton. “So, when they are put in dangerous situations, it's a matter of their life or the other person's life.”

With that understanding, they remain hopeful for the future of our countries police forces.

“I was raised to trust the police officers and the decision that they have made,” Pena explained. “You know I don't say that I agree with every decision that the police officers make, but as a whole I believe that the police officers in the United States are doing the best that they can.”

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