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Jefferson County Sheriff to help students attend summer camp

April 22, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober is so impressed with an upcoming summer camp operated by law enforcement officials that he is willing to pay the way for kids who can't afford to go.

The West Virginia Sheriff's Association Youth Leadership Academy, to be held July 7 to 12 at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., gives eighth-grade students a unique look into police work.

Students attending the camp participate in mock crime scenes, a mock criminal trial and learn about law-enforcement techniques.

When kids grow up, many times the only contact they will have with police is if they are victims of a crime or become a suspect in one, Boober said.

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The academy gives kids an inside look at law enforcement, an opportunity that may inspire them to seek a career in the field, Boober said.

The academy costs $60 per child, but Boober said he is willing to pay the way for any student who cannot afford it.

"It's a little something we can do. I just like to help people out like that," Boober said.

Parents may also apply for a fee waiver if they are unable to pay for the academy.

Other subject areas are covered in the academy as well.

In response to increasing concerns about school violence, academy instructors are planning to present discussions on conflict resolution, firearm safety and cultural sensitivity.

Organizers stress it is not a "boot camp," saying kids also enjoy sports activities, including swimming and scuba diving.

"It's really a spectacular thing," said Boober, who said he has talked to kids who have been impressed with the program.

The deadline to submit applications is May 3.

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