BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office hosted Deputy Day Camp, Tuesday, to teach children about a career in law enforcement. Kids, like six-year-old Elijah, from Sunriver (right), practiced conducting traffic stops. They even got to talk to dispatchers over the radio. Elijah's mom, Jenna Gruber, says her three kids really enjoyed learning all about law enforcement, "They’re learning how to write tickets, about rescue, they got to meet the dog and see a presentation on how that dog protects and searches for different sorts of things."
Taven, a 10-year-old from Prineville, really enjoyed the learning about crime scene investigation, "I took pictures of the guns and blood on the phone, and stuff." And 8 1/2-year-old Ryan, from Redmond, got to fly a Search and Rescue drone while learning how and when they're used, "Like, when they go on the mountain and they can pack the small one, like in their backpack. But, if it’s too windy, it’s going to lose its balance." Deputies also talked about firearm safety at a squirt gun shooting range (below).
Traci Winters, of Redmond, brought five kids, "They got to pull over a car and talk on the radio, they learned what K-9s do; I learned how much they cost - $10,000 from Europe! So, that was pretty interesting. They did a crime scene, so they got to collect all the evidence and put it together and take pictures, and see how detectives put together a crime scene."
Pre-Registration for this first ever Deputy Day Camp filled up in two days, with nearly 200 kids taking part in two sessions. The Sheriff's Office considers it a success and organizers are already planning the next event.