Florida players will ride with officers for program

Published: Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 11:42 p.m.

Don't be surprised if you spot Florida quarterback Tim Tebow in a Gainesville Police cruiser in the coming weeks.

No, it won't be for an arrest. Tebow and the rest of the Florida football team will begin a program in the coming weeks in which they will ride in the front seat with Gainesville police officers.

"It's something that we've done often with different members of the community, to give them a perspective of our job and what it entails," Gainesville Police Lt. Keith Kameg said. "I think it will be a positive experience for the players that participate."

Kameg said Florida coach Urban Meyer has reached out to Gainesville police throughout his tenure in an effort to make his players aware of the consequences of breaking the law. Despite Meyer's efforts, Florida players have had 24 run-ins with law enforcement during his four years as UF coach.

College football coaches have had players ride with police in the past in an effort to make them more aware of law enforcement. When he first was hired as Miami coach in 1995, Butch Davis had players ride with Coral Gables and South Miami police officers. The Hurricanes, riddled with numerous brushes with the law in the early 1990s, had fewer incidents during Davis' tenure.

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