Ju­nior Po­lice Academy par­tic­i­pants learn about law en­force­ment

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Eric Devlin

The Up­per Dublin Po­lice Depart­ment kicked off the sec­ond day of the Ju­nior Po­lice Academy wLWh D blDVW DfWHU D lLvH flDVh bDnJ grenade was det­o­nated dur­ing a SWAT team demon­stra­tion.

The Ju­nior Po­lice Academy, a three-day camp that ran Aug. 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at Up­per Dublin Town­ship build­ing and Aug. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mon­dauk Com­mons, of­fered chil­dren ages 8 through 12 an op­por­tu­nity to see what life is like in law en­force­ment.

Run by De­tec­tive Mike Scarpato, the pro­gram runs ev­ery Au­gust and of­fers chil­dren a chance to tour the po­lice sta­tion and learn about top­ics like crime preven­tion and per­sonal safety. The is the seventh year Scarpato has been in charge of the pro­gram, which was started 15 years ago by Deputy Chief Lee Ben­son.

High­lights from the event in­cluded the SWAT demon­stra­tion pre­sented by SWAT team mem­ber 2ffiFHU 5Rb 7DylRU; D WRuU Rf WhH LnVLGH Rf fiUH, SRlLFH DnG E06 vHhLFlHV; DnG D .-9 unLW GHPRnVWUD­tion of drug searches.

Chil­dren also got to ask all of their burn­ing ques­tions about po­lice and law en­force­ment to De­tec­tive Mike Gommer dur­ing the Ln­vHVWLJDWLRnV DnG finJHUSULnWV SUHsen­ta­tion at the sta­tion.

Ad­di­tion­ally, a po­lice he­li­copter flyby JDvH HvHUyRnH D FhDnFH WR wave and say hello.

Scarpato said this year’s academy was “very suc­cess­ful,” not- ing there were “a lot of new faces” among the 42 campers. He said chil­dren leave with a bet­ter out­look on the po­lice depart­ment.

“Many come in a lit­tle fear­ful,” Scarpato said. “By the end they’re fULHnGV wLWh Dll WhH Rf­fiFHUV DnG [LW@ gives them a new per­spec­tive of the po­lice depart­ment.”

For Vic­to­ria Nyce, 6, the best part of the camp was the op­por­tu­nity to spend time with friends and cousins. She said she learned po­lice use hand­cuffs to “catch bad guys.” She said she liked be­ing able to wave hello to the pass­ing he­li­copter over­head and en­joyed wDWFhLnJ WhH .-9 unLW lRFDWH hLG­den drugs be­hind a tire dur­ing their demon­stra­tion.

The po­lice depart­ment said in D SUHVV UHlHDVH WhH fiHlG GDy HvHnW was cre­ated to “fos­ter good re­la­tions among lo­cal youths and the po­lice depart­ment,” and of­fered a chance to pro­mote team­work through var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties like re­lay races, tug of war and kick­ball with many of the de­part­ments of­fiFHUV.

6FDUSDWR VDLG fiHlG GDy LV hLV fDvorite part of the three-day in­ter­ac­tion the po­lice have with the campers. He said kids get to team up with po­lice and “ev­ery­body’s guar­an­teed a smile when they come out to the event.”

Gazette staff pho­tos by ERIC DEVLIN

Up­per Dublin po­lice De­tec­tive Michael Scarpato points out the in­com­ing he­li­copter about to fly over­head to Up­per Dublin Ju­nior Po­lice Academy campers.

Omar Elza­y­atie, an Up­per Dublin Ju­nior Po­lice Academy cam­per, holds a SWAT team shield.

Up­per Dublin Ju­nior Po­lice Academy cam­per Jeremy Grosche tries on a vest worn by SWAT team mem­bers.

A he­li­copter flies above the Up­per Dublin Town­ship build­ing on the sec­ond day of the ju­nior po­lice academy.

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