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Berrien Spring students get inside look at police work

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There are lots of summer activities for kids going on in Michiana this summer. On Thursday, 4th and 5th graders in Berrien Springs had their first day of Sheriff's Kids Camp. The camp is designed for kids who are interested in law enforcement and encourages kids to know and trust their local law enforcement.

Students enrolled for the camp get to do lots of hands-on activities with officers, like meeting the K-9 unit dogs, learning bike safety, water safety, CPR, working with EMS crews, and more.

Kids got to learn about crime scene investigation, and walk through a real crime scene investigation truck on Thursday. Kids were able to see all the gadgets used in crime scene investigation including finger print dusting kits and cameras.

The camp only runs for two days from 8:00am to 4 PM, but it doesn't just benefit young kids, it also benefits aspiring young adults.  Proceeds from the camp go to the Berrien County Law Enforcement Cadets (Post 602).

Cadets act as mentors for the younger kids, making the camp fun for both groups.  The 14- to 21-year-olds who volunteer plan to become police officers themselves one day. 

Captain Cadet Christian Campbell  told us what kinds of benefits they will receive from the camp.

"We get training weapons; they're very expensive. We get red man suits for different fighting scenarios, also electronic programs like shooting simulators and what not."

This is the 7th year for the camp. Be sure to sign up early next year if you're interested, because space is limited.

If you are interested in becoming an Enforcement Cadet, Berrien County Sheriff's (BCS) office is taking applications right now. The applications can be found at the BCS website: www.bcsheriff.org.

 

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