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Campers Mingle With Cops in Miami-Dade
The activities at Deerwood Park in Richmond Heights look like what you would see at any summer recreation program. Kids are playing hoops, playing kickball, and running around having fun. What makes this camp different is the presence of police officers. The cops are playing with the kids on the court and on the field. Mingling with teens and preteens is actually a crime-fighting strategy.
"A lot of times they’re dressed just like them, they talk to them at their level, because many times the kids have a guarded relationship with the officers, they don’t feel comfortable speaking to us and our profession as a whole so this allows the communication to flow much better," said commander Edwin Lopez of the Miami-Dade Schools Police department.