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Sixth-graders learn about public safety
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Rising sixth-graders prepare to tour an Emory Flight helicopter during a junior law enforcement camp June 10 at Otwell Middle School. - photo by Autumn McBride

A group of rising sixth-graders tried their hands at law enforcement during a recent special camp.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Deputy Courtney Spriggs said about 65 children participated in the agency’s second annual Junior Law Enforcement Academy, which ran for a week earlier this month at Otwell Middle School.

“We can build partnerships with the kids so they’re not scared of the police and they’re educated about what we do,” Spriggs said.

She said participants learned about various aspects of law enforcement, including crime scene processing, defensive tactics and courtroom testimony.

They also used golf carts to test their skills at an emergency vehicle obstacle course.

On the last day, students got to check out an Emory Flight helicopter, used for carrying patients, and learned about the sheriff’s mounted, or horse, and K-9 units.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Silveus said many of the children are chosen for the program by their school administrators and counselors.

Hopefuls must fill out an application, as well as submit an essay, a copy of their report card and a letter of recommendation from someone other than a parent.