SAVANNAH, GA (June 17, 2016): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department will graduate 18 girls between the ages of 8 and 14 from the Police Activities League (PAL) Youth Summer Camp today at 3 p.m. at Savannah State University’s Howard Jordan Auditorium.
Campers were exposed to a plethora of experiences in the week-long camp session housed at SSU’s Public Safety Department. The girls camp session included tours of SSU, Savannah Morning News, WJCL News, Pin Point Heritage Museum and SCMPD’s 911 Center and Forensics Unit. Youth also completed a mock investigation at SSU’s forensics lab and attended workshops for anti-bullying, communication and internet safety.
Metro is in its fourth year of offering the camp free of charge to Savannah area youth. The goal of the camp is to introduce youth to law enforcement officers and foster a bond through fun activities and mentorship.
Victoria Walker, 14, says, “Overall, the camp has taught me that we should come together as a community to help and benefit each other in all ways possible.” Walker has attended the camp for three years.
The Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program assigned two youth to work with the camp. These youth served as camp counselors, assisted officers with workshops and also learned about law enforcement through the camp.
Seventeen boys graduated from the camp on June 10. The next camp session will be hosted for boys on July 11 and the girls camp will convene on July 18.