The annual Phoenix Police Youth Experience camp begins this week when students entering seventh and eighth grades will learn about law enforcement and safety from professionals.
The Phoenix Police Foundation, a nonprofit supporting the mission to “Fund, Assist, Honor” the City of Phoenix Police Department, helps raise money for the annual event.
Limited to 15 students, the free experience from Monday, July 18, until Friday, July 22, will provide hands-on programs covering such areas as investigations, forensic science, collecting evidence, fingerprinting, drug education and prevention and equipment demonstrations.
There also will be sessions on internet, social media safety and traffic safety "all while building team spirit, ethics, character and integrity," a release stated.
“Engaging young people in law enforcement is one of the goals of the Phoenix Police Foundation, and we are always proud to provide funding for the Phoenix Police Youth Experience,” Timothy Thomas, president and CEO of the Phoenix Police Foundation, said.
“It not only gives kids the chance to learn about what police officers do, but also familiarize them with non-officer roles that provide vital services within the community.”
The program takes place at the Mountain View Precinct and among the activities scheduled is the Traffic Education Unit.
“The kids love this segment as they wear goggles that simulate impairment, ride a tricycle or attempt to text or talk on the phone,” said officer Mary Roestenberg, who leads community programing at the precinct.
On the final day of the program, participants will work with a police officer to investigate a mock crime scene that will use the skills they learned throughout the week, the release stated.
Each student will receive a T-shirt and certificate of completion.
To learn more about the Phoenix Police Foundation, visit www.phoenixpolicefoundation.org.