Children get different look at law enforcement in week-long camp

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BONIFAY, Fla. (WDHN) — For the second year in a row, the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office is giving children an opportunity to have a positive outlook on law enforcement and to help them make the right choices in life.

“We don’t want kids to be afraid of us,” Sheriff John Tate said. “We want them to know that when they are with their friends, we are there to help them.”

This is accomplished through daily speakers and hands-on activities. The week-long camp has a different topic each day, which include anything from weather safety to bullying.

“The tracking dogs from the correctional institution come in and do a demonstration,” Tate said. “We have our canine guys come in and do a demonstration. We’ll have a water day where they’ll go outside and play in the water. They also have a fingerprinting day.”

Thursday’s emphasis focused on how to weather any storm. In the last year, Holmes County took a hard hit from Hurricane Michael.

Sharon Jones with Project Hope was a key speaker on Thursday and told children how to stay strong in times of difficulty.

“To help them regain their resiliency in the community and show them that there is hope and things are going to get better,” Jones said. “By the end of the week, many campers expressed that they plan to be back next year.”

Some campers even shared what they learned.

“That it’s not okay to steal, be nice to others, keep your hands to yourself and try to make friends,” camper Nicholas Lopez said.

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office hopes to hold this same camp next year. If you’d like your children to participate, you can find more information on the sheriff’s office website.

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