Port St. Lucie students take part in the Junior Police Academy

About a dozen Port St. Lucie children are getting a taste of what's it's really like to be a police officer.


Thursday they had the opportunity to ride along in the advanced road test that police officers have to master


It is part of the Junior Police Academy where students 12 to14-year-olds get to learn some unique law enforcement skills.


The students will spend the next two weeks learning other tactical skills such as searching buildings, 


They also get tours of the jail and medical examiner's office to see as many aspects of a career in law enforcement as they can.


"I didn't realize it would take this much training but honestly I think this would be an awesome future to have,” said Tyler Merritt.


"One of the most important things that we want to gain from this academy is to not only learn about what police officers do but learn to be leaders themselves and work as a team,” said Andrew Lawler with the Port St. Lucie Police Department.


The students will get to ride along with an officer for a day. 


Officers say it's also a great way for them to get time to work with kids.