Portsmouth PD uses ‘Teens and Traffic Stops’ to create understanding, share advice with youth

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth police officers paid drivers education students at IC Norcom High School a special visit Tuesday morning.

It was part of their Teens and Traffic Stops program, which is in its first year.

Officers showed and demonstrated what they do while conducting stops as well as sharing advice on how to react if the teenagers are pulled over.

Lieutenant Bryant Hall said the program should help with safety.

“If we can have people on the forefront to be aware of what we do and approach vehicles and that nature, it can have a better end result,” Bryant said.

Bryant said that they’ve gotten positive responses on the program, including calls from police departments in Florida and Ohio as well as universities.

The officers wanted students to leave knowing that it’s important for them to be cautious about their passengers.

“They need to be aware of who they associate with, who they have in their vehicle. You don’t know who has an illegal weapon, illegal narcotics.They could place it on you and you’d have to wear that charge,” he said.

Students were receptive to the lessons and hope that they can learn more life lessons like this.

Bryant said students also often approach them asking how they can become officers.

The program will head to Woodrow Wilson High School next.  

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