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Law Enforcement Explorer Academy draws international students to Biloxi

Dozens of students from all over the region and even some from across the pond were in Biloxi getting a taste of what it takes to be a first responder. (Photo source: WLOX) Dozens of students from all over the region and even some from across the pond were in Biloxi getting a taste of what it takes to be a first responder. (Photo source: WLOX)
There are 90 students in this year's explorer academy. (Photo source: WLOX) There are 90 students in this year's explorer academy. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Dozens of students from all over the region and even some from across the pond were in Biloxi getting a taste of what it takes to be a first responder.

What qualities should one possess to save lives with the best and brightest?

"Discipline, courtesy, respect," said Sergeant Thomas Goldsworthy with the Biloxi Police Department. "Understanding that law enforcement isn't just about arresting people. We actually care about the community and we want to be a part of the community as much as possible."

These lessons and more are what the cadets at the Southeast Law Enforcement Explorer Academy were learning firsthand in Biloxi. Goldsworthy said this academy has been taking place for 27 years and has grown in that time.

It was started by the Gulfport Police Department, and now involves Biloxi police, multiple fire departments, DMR, and Keesler Air Force Base.

"We give them the tools that they need to get an idea of what they're actually stepping into," said Officer Raymond Brooks with Gulfport Police.

According to Brooks, the weeklong academy puts the cadets through rigorous physical and classroom training. 

"It really makes you think and really makes you push forward because really what they want to do is make you go forward and don't want to stop," said first-year Cadet Timothy Murphy from Biloxi.

Students come to the academy from all over the region, and some even come all the way from London, England.

"It's hard but it's a learning experience and I suggest it," said John-Louis O'Toole.

O'Toole heard about the academy through a cadet program in southeast London. This is his first year training in Biloxi.

"Even though it's a lot of physical, it's more mental, because you've got to say to yourself that you can do it," said O'Toole.

And for many of these cadets, like O'Toole, this training will be put to the test with their plans of eventually becoming a first responder. There are 90 students in this year's explorer academy.

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