Four Indiana Sheriff’s departments recently teamed up to provide a youth camp for students. The idea came from Porter County Sheriff Dave Reynolds and was based in part on the very successful annual youth leadership camp that has been conducted by the Indiana Sheriff’s Association for nearly 40 years. Lake, La Porte and Jasper Counties joined in the effort to provide area students an inside look at the operations of a Sheriff’s department.

Many aspects of a deputy sheriff’s job were demonstrated at the youth camp which was held August 4 – 6 at Dunes State Park in Porter County. The campers reported that the most liked demonstrations included a mock car crash as well as a helicopter demonstration that was conducted by the Lake County Sheriff’s helicopter. Indiana Conservation Officers presented a demonstration on rescue diving. Other demonstrations included traffic stops, SWAT and first aid.

This was the first such camp held in northern Indiana with a total of 55 students participating. Several area businesses helped make the camp possible with monetary donations for the campers’ shirts and gifts, along with food and beverages for the kids. This was a great time for the kids to interact with their local police officers.

Sheriff Reynolds will strive to continue the camp for many years.