Rockdale Career Academy students will be learning about public safety with the help of equipment donated by the Conyers Police Department.
Last fall the Conyers City Council approved the surplus of select police equipment to Rockdale County Public Schools and RCA. The donated equipment includes a patrol car featuring the standard emergency lights, cage, etc., as well as holsters and accompanying pieces for the holsters.
“Once a patrol car has surpassed mileage that we deem appropriate for such use and we evaluate the overall maintenance costs to keep the vehicle in service, a determination is made on whether it’s appropriate to keep the vehicle in the police fleet,” said CPD Captain Scott Freeman. “In this case, the car was discontinued for use by the police department, so we were more than happy to gift it to students interested in the law enforcement field.”
The patrol car and other surplus equipment will be utilized in the RCA Law and Justice Pathway led by instructors Ben McCumber and Matthew Mahathey.
“We are thrilled to be the recipient of these tools that will enable our students to gain knowledge and hands-on experience in a law enforcement career,” said RCA Principal and CEO Dr. Miki Edwards.
The Conyers Police Department also serves as a work-based learning site during the school year for students from RCA interested in learning more about the law enforcement profession.