Bullock Co., AL (WSFA) - A new program at Bullock County High Schools is aiming to build better relationships between students and law enforcement. The Future Executive Leaders of Law & Order was implemented this school year and administrators say its making an impact on the entire student body.
Union Springs Police Sgt. Renee James launched the F.E.L.L.O. program when she started last year as the school resource officer. Her goal was to build trust between students and those who protect and serve.
“I want the students to see that every police officer they have heard or seen about on social media is not a fair depiction of all police officers. They can trust law enforcement, we are their friends and they can confide in us," said James.
Eight students are currently a part of the program. Before submitting an application students were required to have good conduct, grades, and attendance. Part of the application process included a 500 word essay.
Giving back is another big aspect of being a F.E.L.L.O. cadet. Reading to elementary students and running errands for the elderly are just some of the activities the group has already participated in. BCHS Junior Daisy Romero says she’s benefited greatly from being a part.
“I wanted to practice my leadership skills and communication with people. I enjoy it,” said Romero.
Because of the program, Romero and others are getting ideas about what they want to do in the future.
“I was actually thinking about going to the military," said Romero.
Bullock County High School Principal Kelvin James says, between the program and Sgt. James being on campus full time as a school resource officer, there have been some positive changes.
“She helps a lot with our conflict resolution. It keeps the discipline referrals down, I would say it is down 25 to 30 percent," said James.
The group is currently raising funds to make a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the National Law Enforcement Museum. If you would like to donate you can contact Bullock County High School at (334) 738-2198.