Campers learn how to protect and serve

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Of cer Jesse Waterson goes over commands with this year’s recruits at the Point Pleasant Borough Police Department’s 16th Annual Summer Youth Camp. (MARK R. SULLiVAN/ THE OCEAN STAR)

POINT PLEASANT — The 16th Annual Point Pleasant Borough Police Summer Youth Camp got underway this week with upwards of 50 young recruits ready to gain valuable insight into what it is like to work in law enforcement.

Campers arrived early Monday morning to Memorial Middle School wearing their green camp T-shirts and black caps, and were promptly ordered into marching formation and introduced to different commands and Police Academy training methods. The site was a spontaneous change in plans to keep the campers cool as the heat wave of the weekend, when the heat index far exceeded 100 degrees, had not broken yet.

“The first couple of hours are going to be boring. There is going to be marching. We have to help you guys [learn] the basic commands … know what is going on,” Officer Jesse Waterson, lead drill instructor, told the campers.

The annual youth summer camp, which will run until Aug. 2, is sponsored by the department and provides local boys and girls with a unique experience aimed at strengthening relations between local law enforcement and youth. Campers learn disciplines and rigors that replicate expectations of a recruit at police academies throughout the state.

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