Mason student works to stop violence

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — After losing friends and family, a college student from Mason decided to do what he could to prevent more unnecessary deaths.

Kobe Rochester was motivated to make a change after losing loved ones to violence. At Sexton High School, where Rochester goes to school, he noticed the police and became curious.

“Having officers in our school made me feel safer,” Rochester said. “See how they interact with us on a daily basis before COVID.”

That’s when he got into the Wilson Talent Center’s criminal justice program – it was perfect. Not only did Rochester excel in the program, but they recently placed first in a regional handcuffing demonstration and qualified for the state competition.

It is also being promoted with the Lansing Police Department’s Explorer Post Number 911 program, which aims to help students explore law enforcement opportunities.

Rochester has bigger plans.

“It increased my willingness to help the community,” Rochester said. “It made me want to help the community more in many ways, from being a police officer to being a mentor in the community.”

His goal is to work with the Lansing Police Department so he can give back to his community. It’s a lot of work, but he said the challenge was worth it.

“I don’t think you can change the whole system, but I think one person can definitely have an impact,” Rochester concluded.

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