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July 2, 2014

Children learn new ways to interact with law enforcement

RICHMOND — Many children will get bored this summer and pester their parents for something to do. That isn’t the case, however, for approximately 50 Richmond children attending the city police department’s summer camp.

Activities begin at 11 a.m. daily at Betty Miller Park on North Estill Avenue. Campers are fed lunch and then begin fun and interesting activities. And sometimes, they are whisked away on outings.

On Tuesday, that meant an afternoon of laser tag at Richmond Underground.

In addition to being fun, activities often include team-building exercises, said officer Josh Hale, and Tuesday’s outing was an example of that.

The youngsters have met local officials and toured government facilities unfamiliar to many adults, much less other children. They also have enjoyed bowling and pool parties so far this summer.

Programs also include morale building lessons and discussions of bullying.

Camp staff want the children to meet new people, have new experiences and learn new ways to interact with law enforcement, Hale said.

Some families are afraid to apply for their children to attend the camp for fear they can’t afford it, Hale said, but the five-week program is free to any child accepted.

The camp is full for this summer, but applications for next year can be obtained at school family resource centers and from the police department.

The camp concludes July 25.

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