ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- You could call it a cop camp for kids.
But at the St. Louis Police Academy, it's going to be a month long chance to keep children safe this summer.
"When they're young ages between six and nine, it's good to reach them at a young age because you have their full attention," says Sgt. Catherine Dennis, a community outreach officer with the St. Louis Police Department.
For the first time ever, the St. Louis Police Department will be offering a free summer camp for kids six to nine years old.
The hands-on experience will give children the chance to meet the men and women behind the badge and see first hand how they keep the city safe.
"There are times when some kids are left at home, we don't encourage it but however, we want the kids to know in the event they are left home, some things they need to do," says Dennis. "In the events a stranger knocks on the door what should they say, should they answer the door at all."
Fire chief Jenkerson and police chief Dodson will join forces for the five day camps that will teach kids how to deal with strangers, fire safety and how to use public transportation.
You might call it essential life lessons for the future leaders of tomorrow.
"We just want to reach out to the community to let the community know that the police definitely care about our children and we want to make sure our children are safe," says Dennis.
Registration for the free camp is Saturday June 28th from 8:00AM until 11:00AM at Metro High School 4015 McPherson St. Louis, MO 63108.
Applications are available online at www.slmpd.org. Bring completed application to registration site.
Camp Eligibility Requirements: Children must be between the ages of 6-9 years old and a St. Louis City Resident. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the week long camps that begin July 7, 2014.