Kids learn about public safety at Delaware County Sheriff’s Office’s summer camp

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. -- Kids and teens in Delaware County are getting a close up look at what it's like to be a first responder at the Delaware County Sheriff's Office's first summer camp program this week.

The kids are getting first hand experiences and interactive activities at the camp, like riding in a speeding police car and how EMS and fire departments operate. They also get to check out the SWAT team gear and bomb squad, and see a K-9 taking down a "suspect" and sniffing for drugs.

A total of 80 kids signed up for the program this year, all of them coming from different areas of the county. Sheriff Ray Dudley says his focus was on getting teens involved who may not have mentors and leaders and may need help following their goals.

“We have some that are in our juvenile system now. We reached out to the juvenile judge an the juvenile probation. Some of the kids we have out here now are on the fence, that has came out to be a part of this," Sheriff Dudley said.

He says he's hopeful kids will get to personally know the deputies and be able to connect with their families. The camp runs through Friday.