STOCKTON -- In many regards it's just like a typical school, but with a law enforcement twist.
The new Stockton Public Safety Academy held its ribbon cutting Friday morning after its third week of school.
Located on the campus of Stagg High School, the "PSA" has 120 students in 5th-8th grades with a 9-12th grades added over the next four years.
"It was something that we thought was missing here in Stockton that we could really use, The diversity of these children that we can cultivate from our community," says Stockton Unified School District Police Captain Anne Brewer.
Students are required to wear uniforms and are taught many aspects of discipline that would be found in law-enforcement department and other public safety jobs, with the idea being that they are on the fast-track to obtaining public safety careers when they graduate high school.
Stockton's Public Safety Academy is based off one that was started five years ago and the Fairfield area, where that academy just graduated there first class.
Mario Santa Cruz was on hand today for the ribbon cutting ceremony. His daughter is one of the students and he says so far it's been an amazing experience for her at school and at home.
"She's really been enjoying it, she doesn't even have to be told to clean her room, she already just does it, it's an amazing school and I'm happy it's in Stockton.
The academy is funded by existing money within the Stockton Unified School District.