HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WJZY) - Huntersville Police hosted a D.A.R.E. summer camp for local sixth graders at Bradley Middle School on Monday.
Officers said the recent attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge has not scared participants away, but increased camp enrollment.
“Some of the stuff that is going on in the nation has not affected our enrollment at all. If anything our enrollment has gone up,” said Sergeant Brad Habenicht.
For the course of one week, the 32 campers will learn about drunk driving, visit a jail, and take a trip to Carowinds. The officers hope to encourage kids to make the right choices and say it’s important now more than ever to have a positive interaction.
“Unfortunately in our line of work we are in charge of enforcing the laws and we try to encourage people—young and old - to abide by the rules that are set,” said Habenicht. “And unfortunately in a lot of people’s eyes that is seen in a negative sense. So to have this positive interaction with these children at such a young age, hopefully it will have a profound impact.”
The camp will run for the next four weeks and there are spots still available. Registration can be found on the Huntersville Department’s website.
In light of the recent shootings in the news, the sergeant says he has received any thanks and feels honored to serve such a supportive community.
“Some officers in other parts of the country don’t have the support we have here. And it’s really an honor to be able to work in this community and have the support we do have,” said Habenicht.