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ISP offers youth up-close look at law enforcement

 

Most television viewers have seen at least part of a “CSI” or “Law and Order” episode. These shows seem to have spurred a new interest in law enforcement and forensics. For over 40 years the Indiana State Police (ISP) has been giving young people an up-close look at law enforcement through its youth camps program.

    The three-day “Respect for Law Camp” is an exciting look at law enforcement for students entering 5th and 6th grades. Troopers and other police officers staff the co-ed camps and programs include demonstrations by emergency response teams, bomb squads, underwater search and rescue teams and police dogs. Campers will participate in recreational activities and go home with a new respect for themselves and others.

    Respect for Law Camp will be held at Vincennes University June 6-8, the University of Southern Indiana June 13-15, Hanover College June 20-22, the University of Notre Dame June 27-29, and Anderson University July 11-13. There is a cost.

    “Lions Law Camp” gives students entering the 7th and 8th grades a behind-the-scenes look at the criminal justice system. The four-day co-ed camp offers a more advanced look at law enforcement through field trips, demonstrations, and motivating programs. Campers will meet peers from around the state, participate in recreational activities, and leave with a greater understanding of the police field.

    Lions Law Camp will be held at Vincennes University June 12-15 and Anderson University July 10-13. There is a cost.

    Similar to the Indiana State Police Academy, “Career Camp” gives high school students an in-depth look at law enforcement. Campers will conduct their own crime scene investigations, hear from defense attorneys, judges, and other experts in the criminal justice field, and watch police demonstrations during the weeklong camps.

    Career Camp, which is co-ed, allows students to make friends from around the state, participate in recreational activities, and experience what the police academy is like. The camp will be held at Vincennes University July 7-12 and Trine University in Angola July 14-19. There is a cost.

    Scholarships are available to all camps. The camps are made possible through the support of the Indiana District Optimists, Indiana Troopers Youth Services, Jaycees, Lions Clubs of Indiana, and many generous sponsors around the state.

    For more information about Indiana State Police Youth Services Camps, call 888-477-9688 or visit www.in.gov/isp/2329.htm or www.trooper.org.