APD Day Camp Youth get to see what it's like to be a police officer

Seven Amherst youth were given a glimpse into the life of a police officer when they participated in the first of four Amherst Police Department Day Camps on July 30, 2019. They were guided throughout the day by Constables Tom Wood and Michelle Harrison.

The youth were given a demonstration on how to use a police baton and given the opportunity to open and close the baton.
They were given a demonstration on the department's restraint chair, and given the opportunity to see what it would be like to be placed in one, something all officers experience so they know what it is like.
The youth learned the modern way to take fingerprints - no more ink - and the value of a fingerprint to a police investigation.
They were shown different kinds of handcuffs, and learned why they were different.
Const. Wood showed them how a suspect is placed into a police car and the youth were given the opportunity to see what it was like to sit in the back seat and what officers had in the trunk of their cars.
Const. Wood demonstrated the use of a Taser, and the youth got a chance to feel what it was like to fire one.
Then Const. Wood "volunteered" to have SSgt. Brian Gairns demonstrate the impact the taser has on various items. First it was a set of keys, then it was on Const. Wood himself.
After the demonstration, SSgt. Gairns showed the youth the line and the tips used by the Taser.
The youth and Const. Wood then had fun participating in an all-out water gun fight in Victoria Square before heading to the YMCA for a swim.

The department will be holding three more sessions on Aug. 8 and Aug. 15 for nine and 10-year-olds and on Aug. 29 for 11 and 12-year-olds. Registration is required. Forms are available at the police department or via the department's Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Amherst-Police-Department-Amherst-NS-348156925560348/. There is a maximum of 15 youth per session.


Tom McCoag / Town of Amherst

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