BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its Second Annual Deputy Day Camp. Nearly 200 kids went last year, and Sergeant William Bailey hopes even more can attend this time. The event lets young recruits catch an inside look at law enforcement.
"School's out, and this is a great event to come down. They're welcome to walk around and do stations as many times as they want, parents can hang out, take photographs, participate, and just watch their kids' excitement as they become a junior deputy for that day." Kids will get to solve crimes, rescue someone, work with a K-9 officer, and dress like a Deputy. And, they'll learn important lessons like firearm safety at the squirt gun firing range. "We have simulated traffic stops where they can talk on the radio, we have a Search and Rescue station where they can use some of the Search and Rescue gear and we have a Squirt Gun Range Course and then also talking about firearms safety. They can do some crime scene investigation, take photographs, and work to solve a crime with our detectives , and we also have K-9 on site for our K-9 demonstrations for the kids and their parents."
There are 2 chances for kids, aged 6 to 12 to have fun, learning how to become deputies. "We want to accommodate as may kids as we can. And so, we have 2 time slots, the morning is from 9 in the morning until noon, and then we have the afternoon from 1 until 3:30."
Bailey says there will also be SWAT vehicles on hand to tour, new surprises, and younger kids are welcomed, too. It helps kids and their parents see what the Sheriff's Office is all about, Bailey says, and it's good on-the-job training for future deputies. "You know, we are always looking for great teammates to join us, and I know the Sheriff is always recruiting, always looking and telling kids, 'Hey, when you turn 21, come apply with us at the Sheriff's Office'." Bailey wants kids to come to the second annual Deputy Day Camp so they can learn about law enforcement - how they show up when bad things happen, but when good things happen, too. "We're always looking for ways to find positive experiences where our deputies, and law enforcement in general, can interact with kids."
Everyone's welcome. The stations are set up to accommodate 6 to 12 year olds, but parents and younger kids can participate, too.