Police, kids gear up for exciting week

100 LR kids leave for police youth camp

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Sunday was a busy day for summer camp send-offs.

For the 20th year, that means an exciting day for 100 young people from Little Rock. They are heading off to Police Youth Camp.

It's a program that pairs officers from all sections of the department with kids who might not otherwise get a summer getaway from the city. It also builds a foundation for the future.

“We all know that there are strained relationships between young people and the police departments across our country. So this is a way for the Little Rock Police Department to engage with the youth in our community,” said Little Rock Police Department Assistant Chief Hayward Finks.

The kids get a week of outdoor fun like canoeing and crafts, as well as a visit to the Crystal Bridges Art Museum. The three dozen officers who lead the camp all volunteer their time.

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