Archive for Saturday, June 11, 2011

Police Camp offers kids chance to see more than ‘just a badge’

June 11, 2011


In 2002, Ebo Browne was a camper at the Lawrence Police Camp. Nine summers later, he returned to the camp and led activities with his Kansas University track teammates.

Browne, a senior at KU and Free State High School graduate, is a member of KU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a group dedicated to community service. The group recently won the spring 2011 Division 1 SAAC Award of Excellence.

“We’re always training so hard and working so hard in school, it’s kind of fun to just sit back and relax with the kids for a day,” Browne said.

The camp started 13 years ago to facilitate positive interactions between youths and law enforcement.

“A lot of times police don’t get positive interactions as well as we’d like,” said Ryan Halsted, Free State’s school resource officer with the Lawrence Police Department.

During the two-and-a-half-day camp, officers demonstrated techniques and tactics, such as evidence collection. They also discussed alcohol and drug abuse and the importance of physical fitness. The camp wrapped up Saturday with a game of “Pirate Ball” with members of the KU track team. Lauren Maceli, 10, said the game was her favorite part of the camp. Lauren said she plans to attend next year.

Fifty-three children, ages 8-13, attended this year’s camp. The camp concluded with a graduation ceremony and pizza party.

“It’s really rewarding to see the kids have so much fun and having so much fun with the officers themselves and being able to see them as a person and not just a badge,” Halsted said.


smitty 2 years, 10 months ago

This is like the Chamber of Commerce full page ads that featured Bordman's photo for a couple of months after the Sevier shooting and out of court settlement? Love how all the transparancy called for by our new Chief, Khatib isn't exhibited, and futher hidden by the JW's not reporting obvious information. What officers are doing this kind community act? Are they the same ones with a past infamous incidents or are they the good, quiet, helpful, low key officers? Why not report the LPD officers names?


smitty 2 years, 10 months ago

Please name the officers at the camp so they can be thanked personally..


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