Summer Camps Available for Young, Aspiring Police Officers (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

May 14, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – The Indiana State Police will once again be holding its annual “Law Enforcement Camp” for children between 5th and 12th grade. If you or your child has aspirations of becoming a police offer, sign up.

There are 22 different camps around the state for various age groups, and each offers a unique experience for every child.

For example, the camp for high school students will feature re-created crime scenes which the students will use to collect clues to solve crimes. There is also a laser-interactive firearm simulator which show the impact of high-stress scenarios real police officers encounter every day. But one of the biggest attractions this year that has even the officers excited is the new squad car driving simulator.

"I've had a chance several years ago to experience it and it's a lot of fun,” says Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Marc Leatherman. “Unfortunately we cannot take the kids out in the car and let them feel what it's like to ride with us, but the simulator actually puts them in the driver's seat, and so they'll get to experience what it's like to make an emergency call running through city streets or down county roads or across state highways."

The camp specifically for high school students (grades 9-12) is held at Trine University in Angola, IN the week of July 8th through July 14th. The cost is $225, but financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

To sign up, or get more information on dates and locations for camps of every age group, check out Trooper.org for more information. Or you can contact the Indiana State Police for more information.

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