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He Loves Being A Cop, Now He's Inspiring A New Generation

His department even donated an old cruiser to train teens for future in public safety.

Josh Endicott wanted to be a police officer since 7th grade, so it's not surprising that he's now the instructor for a high school program that encourages students to go into law enforcement like he did.

“I knew I wanted to be a cop in grade school. I can remember going to the guidance counselor in seventh grade and telling her that I wanted to be a cop," Endicott told Williamson Daily News. His dream came true - he worked as a police officer for the Mingo County Sheriff's Department for over 14 years, though he had to carve his own path, with few opportunities from his school.

"The only thing I really knew about law enforcement was if I knew someone associated with law enforcement like a friend or family friend."

Now, Endicott is able to provide students with an opportunity he never had: creating a new Law and Public Safety Program for Mingo Central High School in Delbarton, WV. The program, titled " Sheepdog Law and Public Safety," will benefit students who express interest in a career in law enforcement and public safety.

And there's another advantage to joining this program - one that would appeal to any teenager.

The Mingo County Sheriff's Department and the Mingo County Commission donated an out-of-service police cruiser for the students to use. It had been sitting, unused, in the department since 2017 and is currently being refurbished to get it running again.

With newer cruisers in service and the old, out of service one probably headed for the junk heap, the department figured "why not donate it?" Mingo Central High School and Mingo County Sheriff's Office

Students from the graphic design and automotive classes are also contributing to the repair and new design of the vehicle. " Can't wait to see the final product! Thanks to everyone who made this happen." the school posted on their Facebook page .

Once completed, the cruiser will be used to teach students how to conduct traffic stops as well as familiarizing the students with the inside of a police cruiser. " With this, I feel like the kids are at an advantage just simply going into an interview for a job," says Endicott. "Everybody likes experience if they are looking to hire somebody."

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