06/11/12 Most television viewers have seen at least part of a CSI or Law and Order episode.  These shows seemed to have spurred a new interest in law enforcement and forensics.  Now the Indiana State Police is giving young people an up close look at law enforcement through its youth camps program.

    Respect for Law Camp is a three day camp which provides an exciting look at law enforcement for students entering 5th and 6th grades.  Police officers staff the co-ed camps and programs include spectacular demonstrations by Emergency Response Teams, Bomb Squads, Underwater Search and Rescue Teams and police dogs.  Campers participate in recreational activities, make new friends and go home with a new respect for themselves and others.  Respect for Law Camp cost $125 and will be held at the University of Southern Indiana (June 14-16), Hanover College (June 21-23), Vincennes University (June 7-9), Anderson University (July 12-14) and the University of Notre Dame (June 28-30).

Law Camp is a four day co-ed camp which gives students entering the 7th and 8th grades a behind the scenes look at the criminal justice system and offers a more advanced look at law enforcement through field trips, exciting demonstrations and motivating programs.  Campers meet peers from around the state, participate in recreational activities and leave with a greater understanding of the police field.  Law Camp costs $140 and will be held at Vincennes University (June 13-16) and Anderson University (July 11-14).

Career Camp gives high school students an in-depth look at law enforcement from a perspective similar to the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy.  Campers conduct their own crime scene investigations, hear from defense attorneys, judges, and other experts in the criminal justice field, and watch exciting police demonstrations during the weeklong camps.  Career Camp, one for boys and another for girls, allow students to make friends from around the state, participate in recreational activities and experience what the police academy is like.  Career Camp costs $225 and will be held at Vincennes University (July 8-13) and Trine University in Angola (July 15-20).

Scholarships are available to all camps.  The camps are made possible through the support of the Tony Stewart Foundation, Association of Indiana Troopers, Indiana District Optimists, Indiana State Police Alliance, Jaycees, Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs of Indiana, the Indiana National Guard and other fine sponsors throughout the community.

For more information about Indiana State Police Youth Services Camps, please call (800) 671-9851 or visit the website at http://www.in.gov/isp/2329.htm