Most television viewers have seen at least part of a CSI or Law and Order episode. These shows seem to have spurred a new interest in law enforcement and forensics. For more than 40 years the Indiana State Police have been giving young people an up close look at law enforcement through its youth camps program.
• The three-day Respect for Law Camp is an exciting look at law enforcement for students entering fifth and sixth grades. Troopers and other police officers staff the co-ed camps and programs include spectacular demonstrations by Emergency Response Teams, Bomb Squads, Underwater Search and Rescue Teams and police dogs. Campers participate in recreational activities, make new friends and go home with a new respect for themselves and others.
Respect for Law Camp costs $125 and will be conducted at: University of Southern Indiana (June 13-15), Hanover College (June 20-22) Vincennes University (June 6-8), Anderson University (July 11-13), and Notre Dame University (June 27-29).
• Lions Law Camp gives students entering the 7th and 8th grades a behind the scenes look at the criminal justice system. The four-day co-ed camp offers a more advanced look at law enforcement through field trips, exciting demonstrations and motivating programs.
Campers meet peers from around the state, participate in recreational activities and leave with a greater understanding of the police field. Law Camp costs $140 and will be conducted at: Vincennes University (June 12-15) and Anderson University (July 10-13).
• Similar to the Indiana State Police Academy, Career Camp gives high school students an in-depth look at law enforcement. Campers conduct their own crime scene investigations, hear from defense attorneys, judges, and other experts in the criminal justice field, and watch exciting police demonstrations during the weeklong camps.
Career Camp, which is co-ed, allows students to make friends from around the state, participate in recreational activities and experience what the police academy is like. The camp will be conducted at: Vincennes University (July 7-12) and Trine University in Angola (July 14-19). The camps costs $225.
Scholarships are available to all camps. The camps are made possible through the support of the Indiana District Optimists, Indiana Troopers Youth Services, Jaycees, Lions Clubs of Indiana and many sponsors around the state.
For more information call 888-477-9688 or visit www.in.gov/isp/2329.htm or the Indiana Troopers Youth Services website at www.trooper.org.