HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania State Police announced that 1,774 youths graduated this year from 22 Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadet programs held throughout the Commonwealth in 2016. The week-long camps, which are held during the summer months, are staffed by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers, local law enforcement and other community volunteers. The goal of the camps is to encourage positive relations between youth and law enforcement while promoting self-confidence, leadership and self-esteem within the cadets.
The camps actively seek interested participants between the ages of 11 and 15. Participants gain a better understanding of law enforcement through hands-on equipment displays and classroom discussion while simulating an actual law enforcement training environment. Other camp activities include team-building exercises, physical training and outdoor activities. Each camp is funded through community donations to allow cadets to attend with little or no cost to their families.
"The Camp Cadet program is a valuable way to promote positive relationships between the youth and communities of Pennsylvania and law enforcement personnel," said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker. "These camps promote self-confidence and self-esteem while educating attendees about the important role of law enforcement today."
Each troop area throughout Pennsylvania holds at least one of these camps each year. Some may hold multiple camps depending on the geography and size of the area. To find out more information about the Camp Cadet program that will be held in each area next summer, visit www.psp.pa.gov or call your local state police barracks.
The Camp Cadet program was started in 1970 by retired Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Albert Vish. The first program was held in Butler County.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania State Police Department