Special to The Herald

The Roanoke Rapids Graded School District Board of Trustees reviewed two new memorandums of understanding recently that will expand learning for students in Career Technical Education programs, according to a press release.

This will allow students in the school’s Law & Justice Academy to shadow the Roanoke Rapids Police Department and Halifax County Sheriff’s Office deputies for a more hands-on law enforcement training experience including use of a patrol vehicle from Halifax Sheriff Wes Tripp. The vehicle will remain on campus for training.

A similar understanding is also being established with the Northampton County Emergency Medical Services, Warren County Rescue Squad, Gaston Fire-Rescue, Halifax EMS and Drive Safe to offer students in the EMT and Public Safety II programs additional opportunities to work directly with those in the EMT and emergency dispatcher fields with answering emergency related calls.

“This is a great opportunity for our students in these programs,” Felicia Booker, RRGSD CTE Coordinator, said in a press release. “Our students can graduate RRHS with certifications in Community Emergency Response Teams, NECI 911 Telecommunicator, National Law Enforcement Certification SPSS, Certified Protection Officer, NC Emergency Management I Certification, Emergency Medical Responder and Emergency Medical Technician.”

The district currently serves more than 600 students at RRHS and over 500 at Chaloner Middle School in various CTE programs like construction, marketing and business, entrepreneurship, EMT, public safety, family and consumer science, drafting, health sciences and advanced studies.