Deputy Zack Short, left, and Capt. James Steffens show off SWAT gear while, from left, Brandon Villanueva, James Day and Galilea Herrera check out a shield Monday at Pasco-Hernando State College’s law enforcement academy in Dade City. Photos by BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

East Pasco children get a glimpse of police academy training

DADE CITY It's Monday morning, and Pasco County sheriff's Capt. James Steffens is standing at the head of an auditorium in front of two rows of squirming children, trying to strike a balance. He knows that the children of the Boys and Girls Club have been told they'll get to see SWAT gear and guns and badges and ha …