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National Guard visits law enforcement students
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Members of the Gainesville Police Department’s Junior Police Academy watch as a National Guard helicopter lands at the Midtown Greenway.

A helicopter circled above the Midtown Greenway on Tuesday afternoon as students waited below in the June heat.

Two National Guard chief warrant officers disembarked to tell members of the Junior Police Academy about the Army’s work in countering narcotics. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Russell Motes, in town for an operations briefing along with Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bayne Walker, spoke about the qualifications needed to fly aircraft in the Army and about the National Guard’s efforts to eradicate marijuana.

The academy is a new, free weeklong summer camp put on by the Gainesville Police Department to give students a closer look at law enforcement as a career option.

The students also are learning about emergency services and dispatch, the courthouse, criminal investigations, firearms, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, traffic enforcement and defensive tactics, among other topics.

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