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Local Camp Teaches Kids Law-Enforcement

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB)- A unique day camp hosted at Holyoke Community College introduces students to the world of law-enforcement. It’s called the Forensic Science and Criminal Justice Academy.

Friday on campus was a sight that you don’t normally see, a State Police helicopter landing in the middle of the soccer field. Police from local departments and the ATF bomb squad were all around.

They were there to teach students about law-enforcement with field demonstrations.
“It’s a multi-agency cooperative effort to expose kids to policing,” says Louis Barry, Granby’s Retired Police Chief.

“We kind of gave them a little taste of what it is that we do, whether it’s on the arson or explosive side we kind of hit home with them this is the truck that responded to the Boston Marathon,” explains John Pijaca, ATF Special Agent.

The criminal justice day camp at HCC hosts middle school students. The hope is one day the 11-14 year olds may follow in a similar path.

“I want to be a forensic scientist,” says 13 year old, Emma Currier.
“I want to learn about forensic science,” Daniel Mainville agrees.
“I want to be a part-time police officer,” Natalie Chamutka adds. “It’s really cool that we get to experience this at such a young age.”

The program not only introduced them to college-level academics and career preparation, but students agree that with the hands-on experience they can actually picture themselves on the job. Working on a helicopter like this one or riding in a police cruiser to serve the community.

Today was the final day of the one week intensive program.


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