Rocky Mountain High School senior Lydia Dawson was recognized by Sheriff Justin Smith this week for completing an internship at LCSO.  Lydia spent about 100 hours of her fall semester with the LCSO crime lab staff learning about crime scenes, lab processing techniques, and case reviews.  She also participated in a ride-along with a deputy and put her new skills to the test on mock evidence.  Sheriff Smith presented Lydia with a certificate of appreciation acknowledging her hard work and dedication to the internship program (photo attached).

Sheriff Smith said, “This program is a great opportunity for students to get an inside look at the different aspects of law enforcement.  Their experiences may foster a continued interest in the field and drive them to pursue a career serving their communities as law enforcement professionals.”

Lydia was able to intern with LCSO through the Poudre School District Postsecondary Workforce Ready (PWR) Internship program.  Students apply prior to their senior year, must have a 3.4 GPA or higher, and must be accepted into the PWR program prior to being placed at an internship location.  Students with a GPA lower than 3.4 may be eligible to apply if they receive two letters of recommendation.  Students complete a minimum of 75 hours of unpaid time and in turn receive credits toward their high school graduation.  PWR has worked with students from the Fort Collins Bioscience Academy and Rocky Mountain High School.  Kelly Kappel is the program coordinator (, 970-217-5519).

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Friday, December 22, 2017 - 9:06am
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