It was the opportunity of a lifetime for one Diller-Odell student who was able to attend the Junior Law Cadet Program in Grand Island, a program hosted by the Nebraska State Patrol and the American Legion.
Faith Novotny applied for this program earlier in 2017, and after an interview, was selected to spend five days at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island, learning about all that law enforcement officers do to keep people safe. She was surprised by the amount of training officers go through before they can serve their communities.
“It’s kind of scary at first,” Novotny said. “Your parents drop you off, and that’s the last you see them for the week. We got to meet with people in the law enforcement program, like people from the FBI and the DEA. It was really cool to learn from them.”
Novotny explained that she was chosen to become the class leader on the first day of the program. Here is a video clip of her leading the cadence calls, provided by the Novotny family:
“I’ve always been able to adjust and adapt to what’s needed,” said Novotny. “It was scary at first to take on that role, but I really enjoyed being a leader.”
Returning from the experience, Novotny gained a better perspective of what law enforcement officers do every day to keep the community safe. She is grateful to the American Legion for helping to give her this experience.
“It’s all supported by the American Legion, and I’m glad that they support this program,” said Novotny. “Law enforcement have really tough jobs. We don’t give them enough credit for everything they do. Taking a step into that world for five days was just a glimpse of what they had to do. It was a good learning experience. I want to thank them for everything they do for us. Everything they do is for the public and for the good of the people.”
(Photos And Video Contributed By The Novotny Family)