Community Spotlight: New Bern Police hold summer camps to send kids a message

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – For this week’s Community Spotlight, 9 On Your Side is heading to New Bern.

That’s where police officers are taking it into their own hands, to send kids a message. Cops are there to protect them, not harm them.

For nearly five years, the New Bern Police Department has been offering weekly camps to children ages eight to eighteen.

The younger age group’s camp is called the Police and Community Together Everyone Achieves More program, otherwise known as the PAC-TEAM. The program allows up to twelve kids a week to take part in daily activities with police officers by their side.

Those activities include everything from kickball to swimming to movies museums, and much more.

“Somebody who helps the community makes sure that we stay safe, they make sure New Bern is the best place it can be,” said Baleigh Craig, a child who attended the camp.

Police Officer Trisha Fisher said their goal is to, “Make a difference in the community and let kids see us and be able to come and approach us about anything and not be afraid of the police officers.”

The summer camps are already underway and last up until August. However, all the camps have filled up for this summer.

If you’re interested in sending your kid to the police camp next year, make sure to get your applications in early. You can pick them up at the police station on George Street.

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