Livingston’s Police Camp Out makes its return to Cedar Lake Camp this May.
Police Chief Greg Etheredge said that 5th, 6th, and 7th graders in Overton County will be able to experience swimming, canoeing, and fishing as week other fun camp activities. He said that they also add an educational component.
“But because we call it ‘Police Camp’ we want to introduce the students to a variety of different aspects of safety, drug education, and just an experience to see the police officers in a much more personal way,” Etheredge said.
Etheredge said that the camp is completely free to campers and funded by the department’s drug fund. He said that they love being able to offer this opportunity to campers who might otherwise be able to attend summer camp.
Etheredge said that he’s heard from previous campers who have been inspired to either return or even begin their own careers in law enforcement.
“And that’s what keeps us going to keep putting it on,” Etheredge said. “It’s an opportunity to show that in law enforcement no matter whether you live in Livingston or Putnam County or wherever our job is to help people. It’s a great way to show that we’re here to help you. All of our police officers participate in the camp, and it also allows them to be more approachable down the road. We’re very blessed here Livingston.”
Etheredge said that campers will be in a supervised and safe environment with trained staff, volunteers, and law enforcement officers. He said that those interested should pick up forms at the station or your local school and return them no later than May 17th.