Palm Bay Looks to Bolster Recruiting Base and Connect with Local Students Through Pirates2Police Program
Publish Date: November 1st, 2018
The Palm Bay Police Department is exploring new ways to connect with young people in the community and expand the department’s recruitment base locally. As a result, the Palm Bay Police Department, in partnership with Palm Bay Magnet High School (PBMHS), PIP Printing, and Brevard County Schools, launched the PBMHS’s Law Academy Pirates2Police Program.
“This program will give students an early start to understanding of roles, responsibilities, and requirements that are crucial to becoming a police officer,” said Sergeant Jeffery Spears of the Palm Bay Police Department. “We are always recruiting and looking for our future officers and we hope this program will benefit the police department as well as the students.”
Planning and development for the Pirates2Police program began in the summer of 2018, when a number of officers, led by Sergeant Spears, met with PBMHS Principal Jud Kaminski and other staff to design a program that will allow students to receive in-depth exposure to the law enforcement field, build relationships with local officers, and create future opportunities for agencies to recruit within the community.
This year long program takes place every other Friday, when Sergeant Spears teaches alongside PBMHS Law Academy instructor, Mr. Matt Shannon, offering students real life insight to the criminal justice system. There are currently 18 students enrolled in the Pirates2Police program and based on continued interest from students, program organizers expect enrollment to double next year.