ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Illinois State Police want to provide structure to kids who might not receive it at home which is why the Team Illinois Youth Police Camp was created.
The camp is a week-long residency program where teens ages 13 to 16 get the chance to learn and interact with police officers, military personnel and social service agencies while learning physical fitness exercises, paramilitary drills, the dangers of drug abuse, internet safety and team building exercises.
"The purpose of the camp obviously is to, as I said earlier, is to provide the opportunity to build the relationships between law enforcement officers and the teens of our community so they can see that we are real people and that we really do care about them," said Illinois State Police Sgt. Janet Reffett.
This is the second year Rockford teens have taken part of the program that relies solely on sponsorship money; 20 Rockford teens will take part in the program this year.