Junior Police Academy participants learn about law enforcement
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.