Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana -- Parents can only hope their School Resource Officer has a heart like that of Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Elrick Jones.

Deputy Jones not only provides counseling to students going through difficult times but he challenges them to get jobs.
The Sheriff’s Office said this year he spoke with students who were selling drugs on the streets and asked them an important question, “why?”

Deputy Jones said students told him over and over that they needed money, but believed no one would want to hire them.

That’s when Deputy Jones started his own challenge. He challenged the students to stop selling drugs if he could get them an interview and possibly even a job.

He along with CPSO Patrol Lieutenant Gerald Allen arranged several job interviews at businesses nearby.
Deputy Jones then took it a step further by teaching students how to interview for a job focusing on both proper speaking and being respectful.

According to the Sheriff’s Office as news started to spread many other students took interest in the challenge.
Deputy Jones now keeps a sign-up sheet on his desk for students to sign if they want to take the challenge.

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