Teens build relationship with Boynton Beach police during camp

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - The annual Boynton Beach Teen Police Academy started on Monday. For the 10th year, teenagers get to work hands-on with Boynton Beach police officers and learn about the department. 

This year about 30 kids will get to build relationships with officers in the Boynton community. 

“I think it’s amazing we get to interact with them because without them we wouldn’t be as safe,” said first-time camper Michael Babcock. 

The group learned CPR, bike safety, and met with the department's K9 unit. 

“We hope this gives them an opportunity to talk to officers and feel more comfortable in case they ever need to talk to one on the street,” said officer Rachel Baldino. 

Babcock said he loved learning about the K9 and after Monday’s camp, he is thinking of maybe becoming an officer one day. 

“Up to today I was thinking I didn’t think so, but just seeing how cool the police officers are and how they interact with the children, I think about it,” he said. 

The camp lasts all week; the group will also learn about the SWAT and marine unit. 

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