SAVANNAH, GA. (April 4, 2016): Applications are now being accepted for enrollment in the 2016 SCMPD Youth Summer Camp, set to begin on June 6 for boys and June 13  for girls.

Four five-day camps will take place at Savannah State University’s Police Headquarters. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Juvenile Officers launched the camp under the direction of Maj. Richard Zapal to develop rapport between youth and the law enforcement community early in life. Campers will learn skills in character building, goal setting, decision making, crime reporting, web safety, self-defense and much more. Learning strategies will include guest speakers, field trips and hands-on activities. Youth also will be exposed to many aspects of college life with support of SSU.

The camp targets children ages 8-14 of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The initiative is designed to provide youngsters with alternatives to risky or criminal behavior during the summer. All Chatham County children meeting the age requirement are invited to attend.

The second camp begins July 11 for boys and July 18 for girls. Each camp will run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Beginning at 8 a.m., children may be dropped off at SSU Police Headquarters, at 3219 College Street, in the Hubert C Building. Lunch also will be provided at no cost to families.

Applications are available at all SCMPD precincts, police headquarters and online at The application deadline is May 1.

Families are invited to attend this year’s first summer camp information session on Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the squad room at SCMPD Police Headquarters, at 201 Habersham Street. SCMPD staff will be present to answer all camp-related questions. Applications can be completed and turned in at that time or at any SCMPD precinct before the deadline. Additional information sessions will be scheduled throughout the county. Times and locations will be posted on