The Bossier Sheriff’s Office Viking Drive substation opened its doors to the parents and students from Friends of Home School, from students from around Northwest Louisiana last week.

Friday’s visit was a special field trip for the total of 106 students and parents from the surrounding area. Group organizer Tonia Teigen said the visit was a life send for the students. “Most of the students rarely get an opportunity to participate in an educational event such as this one, where they can learn so much about police work in a fun and informative way,” said Teigen.

It was a virtual dog and pony show for the students. First, they got to watch, from a distance, deputies Sgt. Dan Talley and Chris Isom with deputy dog “Arco” in action. And then deputy dog “Sailor”, BSO’s bloodhound, was able to get up close and personal with the kids as they petted and loved him. Next, came riding in the horses. Mounted Patrol deputies Michelle Thomas, McKenzie Wilder, and Caroline Wilks dismounted their noble steeds for a little petting action.

Deputy Jessie Bearden of the Motorcycle Patrol spoke about bicycle safety to the youngsters and he gave a few riders some lessons on handling his bike. The students then moved inside for a sterile Crime Scene Investigation slideshow with Lt. Jonathan Jackson.

Capt. Doug Lauter, Lt. Walt Hollis, Sgt. Tina Fruge, and several Sheriff’s Posse members helped to make the day special for this large group.

“This is the largest group of kids we’ve had come through these doors at one time and it was great to see the smiles on all their faces,” said Capt. Lauter.

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