More than 60 summer campers took a timeout from the sweltering heat last week to learn more about policing in Richmond. On July 19, officers and academy recruits from the Virginia Commonwealth University and Richmond Police departments met with campers, aged 8 to 12, from the Mary and Frances Youth Center’s Lobs and Lessons tennis program and the Police Athletic League.
VCU Police provided campers and counselors with Kona shave ice pops and invited groups to explore the department’s mobile, emergency command unit. Richmond Police provided mounted units, K9s and motorcycle units for interactive displays.
Tina Carter, Director of the Mary and Frances Youth Center, said her campers had many questions for officers and some were learning about mounted units and motorcycle units for the first time. Police explained how horses, unlike traditional vehicles, could travel on trails and that, yes, officers on motorcycles could write tickets.
“Our youth had the opportunity not only to interact with officers in a positive setting, but explore different career tracks within law enforcement, many of which they never knew existed,” Carter said.
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