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LaGrange to host police/fire camps for youth

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LaGRANGE — The LaGrange Police and Fire departments are seeking attendees to their annual Youth Police/Fire Camps in June.

The first camp will be June 13–17 for ages 7 to 11, and the second is June 20–24 for ages 12 to 16. Each camp runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center on Lafayette Parkway. The event is free and all students between the ages of 7 and 16 are invited to attend.

The camp is limited to the first 40 students per age group who apply. Applications are available at LaGrange Police Department on West Haralson Street at Morgan Street and are sent to all elementary and middle schools in the county.

For the past 30 years, the LaGrange Police Department has offered young people an up-close look at law enforcement and the criminal justice system through its youth camps. The camps are aimed at helping students gain respect for themselves and others through programs that demonstrate the rewards of hard work and dedication.

Campers will participate in hands-on activities, incorporating teamwork, physical and mental fitness, and other activities to highlight careers in the law enforcement and fire service fields. The camp also teaches life skills, builds self-confidence, develops self-esteem and promotes citizenship.

“I am excited that our Youth Academy continues to grow in popularity, and invite all LaGrange youth to join us this year,” said LaGrange Public Safety Chief Lou Dekmar.

Each camper will need a swimsuit and a towel, personal water bottle and a sack lunch each day.

Police instructors will present classes on Internet safety, bullying, personal safety and drug and alcohol awareness. Instructors from the fire department will conduct a safety demonstration with assistance from AMR ambulance service and AirEvac Lifeteam.

For more information, contact officers Natalie McKinley, Lane Hamer, Monica Peterson, Unricky Parks and Jeremy Storey at 706-883-2603 or email astrickland@lagrange-ga.org.

From a press release submitted by LaGrange Police Department. Submit your organization’s press release to editor Matthew Strother at mstrother@civitasmedia.com.