JENNINGS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- With police trying to build a relationship with the public since the recent unrest in the St. Louis area, officers joined with teenagers to bridge the gap.
Students are taking part in the Teen Leadership Academy in Jennings. One of the students said he was inspired to become a police officer, especially after the events in Ferguson.
"I'm devastated, because it affects me as a person. Because I grew up around that situation, so basically that put me in harm's way," said Derry Burns, Jr., a freshman at Jennings High School.
The program was inspired by what occurred in the region and throughout the county during 2014.
"We want to engage the youth build bridges, especially," said Lieutenant Jeff Fuesting of Jennings.
The 12-week programs will cover topics including crime scene investigations, traffic stops and law enforcement leadership traits.