After one week of training, nearly 150 kids graduated from cop camp Friday in Bedford.
It's a free summer program and it's making a huge impact on the lucky ones who get to attend Cop Camp.
This week-long adventure focuses on kids ages nine to fourteen. Captain Jim Bennett with the Bedford Police Department says middle school is their main focus mainly because this is kids learn to make good judgments. "They're going to be getting their drivers license soon, so we tried to introduce them to fun things but also help them make better judgments later in life."
Friday, 133 students graduated from Cop camp. In less than two weeks, Datez Foxx will start high school. He says he’ll leave camp with some unforgettable lessons. "What I remember the most was riding the go-carts with drunk goggles on and then with the regular goggles on. I’ll never drive drunk!"
Officers believe the programs taught at Cop Camp generate repeat campers. Officers had to create a waiting list this year. Chey Updike, a student who’s attended for several years now, explains what the camp was like. "We got to see all the tools in the fire truck, and we got to see them break open a window with a spring loaded thing.
Children watched the fire department use the Jaws of Life and the Roanoke City Police Department also demonstrated forensics.
Students get hands on experience while several police and fire departments join forces to help out.
Bedford police say more departments around Virginia have asked about starting Cop Camps of their own.