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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- It's time for another edition of the Young Achiever's Spotlight. This week, News Channel 5's Rachael Penton introduces us to a future law enforcement officer who's already preparing himself for the role.

These are the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Explorers. Their leader? Sixteen-year-old Austin Ramos.

"We are a group of teenagers from the age of 13 to the age of 20 that are interested in law enforcement," said Ramos.

Austin has been a member of the group for about a year, but he's been interested in law enforcement his entire life.

"I remember 12- and 13-years-old, he always said he wanted to be that. I was like, okay, if that's what you want to be. I just assumed his was going to change like most kids and he never has," said Tina Dauzat, Austin's mother.

The explorers train in everything from mock traffic stops to building searches, and they even participate in real life sheriff's details--like the one this week at the Rapides Parish Fair.

"I'll post each person at a certain post. I'll give them a radio for communication purposes. They'll be doing various activities. Some will be in the midway providing security," said Ramos.

Austin originally served as the group's chaplain, but he was quickly promoted to captain. Now, he leads as both.

"As you're a captain you need to lead as a spiritual leader as well as you're being a captain. You can't put on a certain hat, so to speak, as captain or a certain hat as chaplain. You've always got to be a captain as a leader, and you've always got to be the chaplain as well," says Ramos.

But it's not about the title to this young achiever. It's about building skills for the future.

"It really shows leadership. No matter if you don't have a rank or if you're one of the smaller ranking or the highest ranking position - it really shows good leadership."

And, exploring the world of law enforcement with a group of close-knit future officers.

"In the sheriff's department they're like family and also this program--it's also just like family."

Ramos says that after college he would like to serve in the military before coming back to Cenla to work for a local law enforcement agency.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------News Channel 5 is looking for outstanding young people to feature in our Young Achiever's Spotlight. If you know of a young person that excels in their studies, extra-curricular activities, in their church or community, or is doing something good- nominate them! We're always looking for unique kids to feature in our segment.

To nominate a student contact Rachael Penton at rpenton@kalb.com or 483-4245. Tell us what makes your nominee a young achiever. Don't forget to leave your contact information.

***Students in grades six and up are eligible. All young achievers must be willing and able to do an on-camera interview.

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