LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The NYS Sheriffs’ Association Summer Camp 2015 was another success in forming positive relationships between law enforcement and community children.
According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, 12 kids from Livingston County attended the New York State Sheriffs’ Association summer camp in Penn Yan for the week of July 12 to 18. Sheriff’s Investigator Gene Chichester attended the camp with the kids from Livingston County and assisted with camp projects to make the camp a better place.
“Camp Iroquois is an awesome experience for the kids to make new friends with us and with kids across the state,” said Investigator Chichester. “They get to know and trust us as people and as law enforcement. Our hope is that this sticks with them for a lifetime and leads them to be great citizens. We definitely bond with the kids and by Friday night’s campfire they don’t want to leave to go home on Saturday.”
The Sheriff’s Summer Camp, Camp Iroquois, was started in 1977 by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association and was designed to show kids that law enforcement officers are normal people and to provide a camp experience to kids who may not typically have the opportunity to attend a summer camp due to the cost.
The cost of the Sheriff’s camp is completely covered by the Sheriff’s Association with no cost to the parents. Money for this camp experience comes from annual mailers sent to county residents to support the New York State Sheriffs’ Association. Sheriff Dougherty extends his appreciation to all those who have contributed.
Sheriffs and their Deputy Sheriffs establish positive relationships throughout the week long camp. The campers have the opportunity to learn skills like sailing, canoeing and other waterfront activities. Land classes work on team sports and activities that teach the campers how to work together.
The camp is open for children between the age of 9 and 12 years old. Deputies spend a great deal of time with the campers and also conduct demonstrations for the campers such as K-9, bike safety, mounted patrol and SWAT just to mention a few. Deputy Ryan Swanson with K9 Partner Gibbs were one of the presenters.
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