The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency visited students and gave demonstrations about the various jobs officers perform. Officers gave a lesson on the history and characteristics of wild turkeys and provided bear safety tips.
Gus, the search and rescue dog, showed his skills at finding objects that were hidden in various places by students. TWRA also brought the “Boating Under the Influence” trailer and simulated the effects and consequences of boating under the influence.
The culminating activity of the day was a “booming” demonstration using a camouflaged turkey net that is used to catch and gather information on wild turkeys in the area.
The officers participating in the event were Jeff Bishop, Brandon Wear, Ben Davis, Matt Majors, Phillip Earhart, CJ Jaynes, and Gus.
Later in the day School Resource Officer Mike Kelly gave a SWAT demonstration and explained to students the science behind the tactics used in SWAT team missions. Kelly suited up one of the students in the gear worn during high-risk raids. Cleveland Police Department’s bomb tech, Officer Victor Cleveland, brought the CPD’s bomb robot and showed how the robot can be used in neutralizing and disposing of explosives and hazardous items.
Students enjoyed this day and learned information about officers’ duties and the government programs in our area.