The first-ever Tredyffrin Police Summer Camp is now in the history books and parents are already asking when they can sign up for next year.
All this week more than a dozen officers helped expose township kids to everything from K-9 units to helicopters to patrol cars and courts.
The camp was the brainchild of new Tredyffrin Police Superintendent Anthony Giaimo who is quick to give his officers all the credit for the success of the five day morning camp. "They took a mediocre idea of mine and turned into something really special, " Giaimo told Patch this morning. "The officers who worked on making this camp a success deserve the credit."
Officers from all ranks and areas of the police department showed the campers what's involved in their jobs and tried to take some of the mystery out of policing for kids.
The program is an extension of the department's community outreach efforts. Officer Larry Meoli, who was injured in May, had been organizing the camp until he was hit by a speeding Porsche and injured. While he has been home recovering, Giaimo says other officers stepped in to make sure the camp was a success.
The police chief tells Patch the plan is to offer the camp again next summer. Giaimo says several parents have already asked about getting siblings of this year's campers signed up for next year.