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LCSO Launches Mentor Program at Bond Elem. School

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Posted at 6:54 PM, Oct 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-07 07:11:43-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) deputies began training Tuesday to become mentors for second and third graders at Bond Elementary School as part of the '1,000 Mentors' initiative.

50 employees at LCSO are volunteering for the program. They are going to spend one hour, once a week with their mentees.

One of those lucky elementary schoolers will be mentored by Sheriff Mike Wood. He says the department selected Bond Elementary, because that's where they felt they could help the most.

"Its more about law enforcement interacting with second and third graders," said Sheriff Wood. "We feel like this is a pivotal time in their life. We were very specific when we picked Bond Elementary School because its in the hub on the south side. We feel like our presence here will demonstrate to the second and third graders earlier in life that law enforcement is essentially an extension of their friends and family."

Sheriff Wood says he is excited to start the program, since it's the first of its kind the department has participated in. He says LCSO plans to be involved with it for many years to come.