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Youth Police Academy Kicks Off in Buckhannon
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on July 16, 2013 @ 6:16PM
Created on July 16, 2013 @ 5:00PM

Have you ever wondered what it took to become a police officer? Well, some kids in Buckhannon got to learn a little bit about that Tuesday.

The middle school kids will learn a little bit about all the different responsibilities that officers have.

The week long day camp will allow the kids to get some hands on experiences. They're learning everything from traffic stops to how to handle accidents.

They even took part in mock traffic stops, and learned how officers call the citations in and write them.

Officials said they hope the camp teaches kids about the duties of an officer, and helps them become more familiar with police.

"It's a fun, safe alternative for kids to do in the summer. It's good to get to know the kids on a one-on-one basis to show that we're not some scary guy in a uniform. We can relate to them, get to know them personally by interacting with them during these activities," said Chief Matt Gregory. 

About 20 kids were taking part in the academy. The camp will run until the end of the week.

Next week, about a dozen high school students will have their chance to learn about police work.

Chief Gregory said he hopes to also make this an annual event.

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