20 Under 20 Student Exploratory Program


The 20 under 20 Student Exploratory Program (SEP) is designed to give students an in-depth realistic understanding of what it takes to be a Police Officer and Firefighter. Students will get an opportunity to learn firsthand what the requirements are, the training needed, confidence gained, and lifelong relationships developed within their community by being a Police Officer or Fire Fighter. Behavioral attributes such as integrity, respect, and servant leadership will be taught throughout the program along with having fun. Each student will finish the program with a new level of confidence, knowledge, and understanding of what it takes to serve their community.

20 Under 20


SEP is an eight (8) week program held at the Opelika Police and Fire Departments. Sessions are every Monday night for 2 hours from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. The program begins Monday, February 5, 2024.

Program Completion

Upon completion of the 8-week program each student will be presented with a certificate at the Opelika City Council meeting. The top performers of the program will also be presented with a challenge coin from the Command Staff.

Session Topics

• Law Enforcement Code of Ethics 

• Police Officer Benefits 

• Field Agility and Polygraph Assessment 

• Training and Equipment 

• Traffic Stops and Citations 

• Call Scenarios 


• K9 

• Firefighter Training 

During the 8-week program, every student will have the opportunity to experience the department’s new virtual reality training simulator, APEX Officer.


• 15 to 19 years old 

• City of Opelika student or recent graduate 

• Males and Females are encouraged to apply 

• Must be committed to attending all 8 weeks

How to Apply

• Contact your School Resource Officer in person or by email 

• Contact Sergeant Whaley

Email: [email protected]

Text/Call: (334) 744-9701