Sheriff hosts Bossier Youth Leadership

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Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington was pleased to host some of Bossier Parish School’s finest students Tuesday at the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Training Academy as they instructed various aspects of law enforcement to students in the Bossier Youth Leadership Program.

Thirty-four high school juniors from all Bossier Parish Schools in the BYL program, a partnership between the Bossier Chamber of Commerce and Bossier Parish School Board, learned various aspects of life in prison, the importance of training, and watched a K-9 demonstration.

They visited the Bossier Parish Maximum Security Prison where they learned everything from booking, intake, finger printing, jail rules and regulations, meals and even the infirmary. A female inmate spoke to the two dozen female students about how her bad decisions landed her behind bars.  Bossier Sheriff’s Office K-9 units, comprised of Sgt. Daniel Talley and his partner, “Spike,” and Dep. Chris Isom and his partner, “Arco,” provided a demonstration of a drug search and criminal apprehension.   

Alana Lewis of Haughton High School and Ricky Bryant of Parkway High School said it was a life-changing experience for them.

Bossier Chamber of Commerce Liaison Jana Morgan said she hoped this visit would teach the students about the consequences of their bad decisions and actions.

You can view a video of their trip below:

BYL hosts nine different sessions throughout the school year that help to develop each student’s leadership abilities. In addition to learning about law enforcement, the students are exposed to Quality of Life, Government, Social Services, Education and Economic Development.