Aspiring 12-year-old trooper spends day at state police barracks

NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. (WLNE) — Earlier this month, ABC 6 News introduced you to 12-year-old Jenson Smigel. The 7th grader said he’s a state trooper in training. He patrols his West Warwick community every day on his bike.

Saturday, his dreams became reality. His story got the attention of Rhode Island State Police, who invited him to spend the day at their headquarters.

With the help of Capt. Kenneth Jones, Jenson and his family toured the barracks, met troopers, K-9s, and heard from Rhode Island’s finest about what it’s like to be part of the agency.

Pretty crazy. I mean, I was just bouncing around all over the place,” Smigel said.

The young boy patrols his neighborhood daily, with his radar gun in hand, handcuffs on his hip, and a makeshift State Trooper hat on his head.

Jenson’s mother, Kerri Bathgate, said she wasn’t sure if her son’s dream of being in law enforcement would ever come true, as Jenson has a mild form of autism. But, she said since Smigel put together his uniform, he’s come into his own, becoming more confident on patrol and in his everyday life.

During the visit, he was gifted his very own trooper hat, a badge, and even a notepad to use when ticketing parking offenders in his neighborhood.

The 12-year-old told ABC 6  his favorite part of the day was sitting in a state police cruiser.

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