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Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 7/14 7:01 pm
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA)-- Seven Monroe County teenagers have a chance of a lifetime.

They are visiting the Monroe County Sheriff's Department to learn about law enforcement from Sheriff Cecil Cantrell and his department.

"Make something out of yourselves," said Cantrell to his eager listeners.

Most of the students have plans to do just, and some are looking to make law enforcement a career.

"Well, I'm interested in law enforcement and my goal is to be the leader of my own SWAT team," said Derby Beasley.

Sheriff Cantrell says it's teenagers like Beasly that make hosting this summer mentoring program worthwhile.

"You know they are fastly approaching high school and driving, and you know becoming adults. Right now is the time to form some good values," said Sheriff Cantrell.

Jalana Betts of Aberdeen is looking at other long-range goals besides law enforcement. 

But, she appreiciates what she is learning at the Monroe County Sheriff's Department this week.

"The first thing I want to do is be a pediatrician or become a doctor," said Betts. "If that doesn't work for my lifestyle, I might become an F-B-I agent one day."

Sheriff Cantrell said he will show the kids all that he can about the business of upholding the law.

That's everything from making traffic stops to making drug busts.

"Just give them an overall picture and a working knowledge of the sheriff's department," he stated. 
 
Sheriff Cantrell says there'll be a graduation ceremony for the students at the end of the week .

He also encourages others that would like to attend to come to the sheriff's department where they meet each day starting at 9 a.m.

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