WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Often times police officers are looked as the bad people, leaving many children afraid of those who are supposed to be there to help.
"The first thing they thought was we were going to put them in jail or beat them up," said Kris Henning, WFPD community service officer.
Through many activities and programs, the Wichita Falls Police Department is slowly gaining the trust of every kid in our community.
"We're trying to build that relationship at this point so that the entire time they are growing up they realize that all we're here for is to help," said Henning.
Henning said and that's the purpose of their Junior Police Academy.
On Tuesday, 15 teenagers got the chance to hang out with a few members of the Wichita Falls SWAT team.
They got a closer look at all of their gear plus equipment used while they're on duty.
The teens were even sent on a mission using the police department's new Tactical Robot the department got in February through a Firehouse Subs grant.
For some like Brendan Crawford, it's his dream to become a state trooper and this program is not only helping him connect with our law enforcement but it also gave him a closer look at what he could run into in the future.
"I just kind of like that there is always something new," said Crawford. "It's never going to be the same thing over and over again."