MILLEDGEVILLE — For the past several years, summer in Baldwin County has brought about opportunities for area youth to get to know local law enforcement agencies and form what is hoped to be lasting relationships with officials through the annual Junior Deputy Camp, put forth by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO).
“Our main objective is to show our young participants that forging a relationship with law enforcement officials doesn’t have to be a negative experience while teaching them how to be safe and give back to their community,” said camp coordinator Deputy Tamica Glenn.
Running from June 10 to June 14, the camp gives participants access to understanding and respecting local law enforcement and emergency personnel while developing a level of respect and insight into the importance of what these leaders do for the community. Participants will engage in activities from a wide range of local law enforcement personnel including Baldwin County Forestry, Georgia Power, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), EMS, the Baldwin County Fire Department, 911 dispatch, along with detectives and jail division personnel from the sheriff’s office. The experts will provide youth with valuable life skills such as CPR basics, instructions on how and when to use 911 as well as fire safety training and insight on electricity safety within the home. Detectives will fingerprint the children to demonstrate the process and also to educate the children on how fingerprinting can aid law enforcement should they were to ever go missing.
“Offering demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions with different area law enforcement agency personnel gives the children a chance to discover more information rather than only speaking with just one division,” Glenn said.
The BCSO made sure to cover a large area of Baldwin County, providing applications to all local schools, including day care centers, encouraging parents to register their children for this unique camp.
“The camp is not like any other camp because it exposes local youth to the resources Baldwin County has to offer and teaches them that law enforcement officials are here to help,” Glenn said.
The camp is not all work. There’s a lot of fun to be had as well. The last day of camp will consist of water games, food, entertainment, and much more, providing the kids a great reward for all their hard work during the week.
Community support for the Junior Deputy Camp is imperative to the success of the summer endeavors.
“I’m glad that the community is supporting us and I look forward to the continued support from the residents of Baldwin County as we work to educate our youth about law enforcement and safety,” Glenn said.
The Camp hours are 8 a.m. to noon. Ages for the camp are 5 to 11, or kindergarten through fifth grade. Call Deputy Tamica Glenn at the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office at 478-445-4891 for more information.
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