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Area students learn about police work

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Area students learned what it takes to be a cop Friday at the annual Saint Joseph County Police Department "Law Enforcement Camp."

About 35 students, ages raging 9-14, got hands-on experience in police work including crime scene investigations and building searches. Students also learned how the Metro Homicide Unit operates and toured the Mobile Command Center.

"I always wanted to be a cop. I always wanted to know what they do on the job and how they do it," said camper Madelyn Sage. "My favorite part is probably when we searched the buildings and how to capture the bad guys."

Friday's events included a SWAT demonstration where members rescued a hostage. Other demonstrations included the dive team and a demonstration by a K-9 police dog.

This is the seventh year for the two-day event.

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