Local students got to use handcuffs and radar guns on Thursday, as they had a firsthand look at what it is like to be in the shoes of a Calgary police officer.

The police service held its 10th Student Police Academy at Heritage Park, where students had the chance to learn many of the duties officers undertake.

“Kids get past the first round scenarios and by the time they get through the fifth scenario they tell us ‘Wow I wish I could do this again because I could do a way better job on that call,’” said Sgt. Jeff Harder.

“It’s not only a learning experience it’s exposure to the police career and they’re getting a real good opportunity to see what policing is all about.”

The students who participated in the event were having fun with the scenarios and were also taking a lot away from the event.

“I’m taking away a lot of experiences from this and am learning a lot of things I would never even think of doing,” said student Jay Emde.

“It’s a really different experience.”

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