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As Sergio Rivera raised his right hand on Monday morning and took his oath of office, the 17-year-old made history for the Milwaukee Police Department.

Rivera, a Milwaukee native, became the first graduate of the department's Students Talking It Over with Police (STOP) program to be hired as a police aide, an apprenticeship program aimed at modeling future leaders for the department.

The STOP program was designed to improve youth-police interactions. Officers meet with student leaders in high schools across the city for an hour each week during the seven-week program.

"It was showing us a different point of view because they want us to build a relationship with the police," Rivera said. "Where I'm from a lot of people, like youth, don't get along with the police and view them negatively, but the program just helps us see them in a positive way."

Ken Notes: Sounds like a great program.

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