120 Children Participate in “Young Police Summer Camp 2012”As Part of a Community Policing Initiative
- Published on Friday, 22 June 2012 09:22
From 16th to 20th of June, 120 children from five neighboring villages from Nablus District (Awarta, Aqraba, Odala, Osarin and Beita) met together with the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) in Beita School for the "Young Police Summer Camp 2012".
On the last day, certificates and medals were handed out to the children in the presence of the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) Head of Public Relations and Media Department, Lieutenant Colonel Mansour Khuzeimeyeh, the Nablus District Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Omar Bzour, the Director of Education, Professor Mohammad Awwada and the EUPOL COPPS Deputy Head of Mission, Sofie Mortier.
The overall event was organized by the PCP as part of its strategy concerning Police Awareness reinforcing the community policing initiative. It is a result of a pilot project sponsored by EUPOL COPPS' Small Projects fund with the support of the South Nablus Education Directorate.
The 5th grade students, aged between 11-12, came from 12 different schools. The PCP had organized "Young police summer camps" in the past, but for the first time, this initiative was targeting children originating from Area B. The summer camp aimed to contribute to the security of Palestinian children in rural areas of Palestine and also contribute to improving communicating and understanding of the work of the PCP with future generations, an effort which will ultimately improve security.
The young aspirants undertook educational and recreational activities with the PCP Officers on field infantry training and awareness of the dangers posed by road traffic, Internet, explosive devices and narcotics. They visited the museum and MEGALAND amusement park in Tulkarem. They also spent one day in Nablus city, where they met with the Mayor and visited the premises of the Palestinian Red Crescent, the Fire Brigade, the PCP and the Alarz ice-cream factory.