Through the Early Career Experience Program, Cape Henlopen High School senior Ryan Smith is participating in an internship this year at the Rehoboth Beach Police Department.
Smith, from Milton, will get a realistic look at the world of law enforcement by spending time weekly alongside officers and civilian staff in detention, dispatch, community services, records and more. Smith said he enjoys seeing how being a police officer really works behind the scenes because there’s stuff that can’t be taught in a classroom.
Rehoboth Police Department Lt. Will Sullivan said the department is looking forward to providing Smith with a rewarding experience. The goal is to impart the basic knowledge of police duties and responsibilities to each intern so that they go on to have a successful and rewarding career in law enforcement, he said.
“Not only do we want to expose kids to what we do in law enforcement, but we want to mentor them and share with them what our daily tasks are,” said Sullivan.