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SCMPD camp reaches out to youth

The KIP Camp graduates 31 participants. (Source: SCMPD) The KIP Camp graduates 31 participants. (Source: SCMPD)

The Savannah-Chatham Metro. Police Dept. Day Camp held a graduation ceremony Wednesday at Savannah State University.

Thirty-one young people graduated from the one-day camp called the Knowledge is Power Challenge. The camp was co-sponsored by SSU and three Savannah churches.

A week-long version of the camp is being planned at SSU in July, according to police.

SSU's Student Union Coordinator Britt Henderson, who also played football at SSU and professionally, spoke to campers about planning for life and illustrated his talk with his own successes and failures.

SCMPD's five juvenile officers worked as camp counselors and Mayor Pro Tem Van Johnson addressed the campers.

Maj. Richard Zapal, who initiated the camp, said building bridges to children in the community is extremely important and that having them tour SSU shows teens what can be awaiting them is vital. He encouraged the campers to make something of their livest such as going to college or technical school or joining the military.

The KIP camp is part of Police Chief Willie Lovett's continuing campaign to reach out to the community and build relationships, according to a news release.

Churches and pastors that sponsored the camp include: First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church and its pastor, Rev. Gregory Tyson Sr.; Townsley Chapel AME Church and Pastor Joseph E. Baker and St. Paul CME Church and Rev. Da'Henri R. Thurmond Sr.

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