The South Portland, ME, Parks and Recreation Division recently collaborated with the South Portland Police Department to host a Junior Police Academy Camp for students entering Grades 6-8 in the fall. The week-long day camp was designed to provide participating youth with activities that develop communication decision-making skills, teamwork, and leadership.
Campers learned about the role of police in the community and the importance of the Police Department’s Guiding Values: Integrity, Respect, Service, Fairness, and Leadership. Activities included outdoor and indoor games, swimming at the Community Center pool, field trips and challenges that were designed to encourage leadership and build confidence. Campers also learned about the Police Department’s K-9 Program, crime scene investigations, and viewed presentation by the SWAT and Dive teams.
The camp was held during the week of 10-14 July (Monday-Friday), 8:00-4:00 PM. The cost was 475.00 per person.