By Renee Larr
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will hold its annual Junior Law Enforcement Academy on June 17 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.
Between 50 and 60 volunteers help run the camp for approximately 125 children, who range in age from 4 to 18 years old. Officers from Carmel, Westfield, Cicero and the Indiana State Police will be among those working with campers.
“We have a lot of law enforcement around that day,” said Mark Fidler, HCSO senior chaplain. “This year’s theme is building blocks and making good choices. So, it teaches a lesson to the children.”
Activities include a ride in a police car, demonstrations, games and more. Campers will also learn about how officers and those in the Christian faith community can work together. Stations will also encourage kids to learn how to make good choices with friends, physical health and more.
“It’s a faith-based overtone with the law enforcement emphasis,” Fidler said. “We also always implement something to deter children from drug and alcohol use. We make sure there are themes are for everyday living to prepare them for the future and how they can walk away from the things that are bad choices.”
The event is free to attend. Donations from local businesses help ensure the program is held each year.
“We raise money to put this camp on so we have community businesses who donate to the camp. It’s great to see how community comes together to support this kind of event,” Fidler said.
This is the only HCSO annual event specifically tailored for children.
Junior Law Enforcement Academy
When: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 17
Where: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville
More info: To register, email Phyllis.Caudill@hamiltoncounty.gov or call 317-776-4109.