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MCPD Program Exposes Campers to Many Aspects of Police Work

It isn’t every day that a youngster can see a SWAT team or inspect a fire truck, but that is exactly what a bunch of kids from Clarksburg and Damascus got to do this week as part of the 5th District – Germantown’s Badges for Baseball initiative which works to expose children to police officers in a positive manner. Given the current atmosphere in the nation of tension between police departments and the communities they patrol, community outreach has become a very important connection.

Montgomery County Police continue to work with young people in the community to help them understand the important service that police officers provide. 5th District Community Outreach Officer Marcus Dixon has set up the Badges for Baseball program with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. The program was created in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice as a juvenile crime prevention initiative. It’s a simple concept: pair cops and kids together to play and learn.