Lexington police host youth summer camp

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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- The Lexington Police Department is letting families know that officers are allies -- not enemies.

The department especially wants to drive that point home with local youth.

The police department is hosting a youth camp for three days in July for teens ages 13 to 16.

“That's the age where a lot of kids can go down the wrong road and basically we're someone they can come talk to,” said Captain Michael Hunt of the Uniform Patrol Division.

Lexington police have already had a working relationship with kids through its mentoring program. The summer camp is another way to build relationships and make sure youth are comfortable with police officers.

During the three days, teens will learn about the bike patrol team, SWAT team, and other divisions in the department.

“There will be hands-on demonstrations. They'll actually be able to dust for fingerprints, we'll be showing them how we collect DNA,” Hunt said.

The Lexington Police Department Youth Camp runs from July 12-14.

Applications are needed by June 21 to be considered.

Contact Lt. BJ Daniels or Sgt. Ben Clayton at (336) 243-3307 or bbdaniels@lexingtonnc.gov for more information.