Academy equips recruits for law enforcement careers


photo or infographic by Sky Horton

AT ATTENTION. The command staff of Law 2 class have an uniform inspection.

Police Officer. Lawyer. Firefighter. Investigator. No matter the law enforcement field, the Willis Law and Public Safety Academy has it covered.

The students involved in the program give credit to instructor Brian Kennedy. Since coming to the school last year, he has added a new level of instruction and leadership 

“He has turned this program around for the better,” junior Jose Ortiz said. “It’s a really big change. We went from just learning in the classroom to actually going outside and having hands-on experience.” 

Ortiz is a sergeant within the program. Alongside him the program has a captain, senior Noe Martinez.

“It’s very demanding of attention and time,” Martinez said. “You have to be able to talk to many students and be social. You have to have a strong mind to be able to lead all of the students.” 

The first group to study in the Willis Law and Public Safety Academy is known in the program as class 001. Kennedy is setting class 001 up for their dreams to one day work in the field. 

“To give students the best possible experience is to immerse them in the industry as much as possible especially if they plan on being involved in criminal justice or the law enforcement industry,” Kennedy said. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson the program was loaned a Dodge Charger to use within their scenarios. The former police car will add a level of authenticity to the drills during class. 

“I’m ready for this year,” sophomore Gia Casso said. “I couldn’t be more excited about all of the things we have planned.”