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Metro Police Hold Youth Camp

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Some local kids are getting the chance to see how law enforcement works up close -- while having a little fun. It's part of a summer camp Metro Police are holding this summer for the first time ever. This is the second week of the summer camp - held exclusively for girls. The boys had their turn a couple of weeks ago. Metro Police say they saw a need in the community to make sure area children had some positive activities to keep them engaged through the summer months - this first of its kind camp was their solution.

The kids lined up after lunch on Tuesday to have their picture made with McGruff the crime dog - but he's not the only animal crime fighter they've gotten the chance to meet this week. Camper Paige Keller says, "We've gotten to meet other police officers with horses and then another police officer in the classroom with a dog. They were teaching us what they do and stuff." Learning about what these officers do and other aspects of law enforcement as well. The visit by McGruff was followed by a trip to the Chatham County Courthouse. The kids learned about the different courts and what the process through those courts is like for those who get arrested. Some children, like Alexis Fowles, viewed the things they were learning as a potential future career, "I'm interested in being a police officer because we get to catch criminals and stuff like that."

Other were just interested in learning something new. Metro Police spokeswoman Eunicia Baker says, "We've talked to them about nutrition. We've talked to them about bullying. We've talked to them about fighting and who - like aggressors and victims and bystanders - just to teach them some like skills that they will be able to take with them now and then to go back into their community and take with them a bit and share it with their peers." But those lessons are all mixed in with a lot of fun. "I'm doing activities and we sit around and have snacks. We do fun stuff and I like it more better than my other camps," says Alexis.

Of course the camp also allows Metro's Juvenile Officers to continue building relationships with kids in the community - an integral part of their job. The camp was free of charge and open to anyone. It was such a success - Metro Police say they will likely hold it again next summer.

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