FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) --Fayetteville police will soon have some new faces patrolling the streets of downtown. Police Chief Harold Medlock introduced the first class of police cadets at a ceremony Tuesday.
The five cadets are college students who want to go into law enforcement. They still need training, but Medlock said he hopes to have them ready by the end of summer.
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They won't be sworn officers or carry a weapon, but they will have a radio to call for backup when they see trouble.
"They are really there to be a presence, and if they run into some problem they will back out and call a marked car," explained Medlock. "We come in and take care of business for them."
There was supposed to be 6 cadets but one didn't show up at the unveiling. Medlock said he's worried the recent events throughout the country may have changed that person's mind about being in law enforcement.
The other cadets said they plan to stick with it.
"I want to get involved more. I want to be that person that shows others that police aren't bad, that we are here to help," said Cadet Britnie Adams.
Medlock advised all officers to wear a bullet proof vest when out of patrol.
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