Camp teaches kids about interactions with law enforcement

Kids from around the  Montgomery area had the chance to go one-on-one today with law enforcement officers from across the state.

The event was part of a youth leadership camp being held by the Tukabatchee Area Boy Scouts.

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Marvin Smith, Scout Executive for the Tukabatchee Area Council Boy Scouts,  says this program is helping bridge the gap between youth and law enforcement officers.

“Well we look and see throughout our country everything that’s going on with law enforcement,” he said, “how many people view our law enforcement officials, and this will kind of wipe away some of those negative feelings so our youth can see that law enforcement are there to help us.”

Participants were taken through multiple law enforcement scenarios and taught how they should handle each.  Some of the scenarios included a firearm training simulator, a mock home encounter, a mock traffic stop and a mock street encounter.

Sgt. John Mackey with the Montgomery Police Department says this event is a great way to dispel rumors about law enforcement.

“We’re just clearing up the roles of each, how juveniles should come into contact with police officers, what they should do, what they shouldn’t do, and what police officers can and can’t do in the course of us encountering each other,” he explained.

If you are interested in having your child participate in this type of event visit the U.S. Attorney’s website.

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