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Optimist Club teaches youth respect for the law

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm

The Optimist Club of Westmoreland will present a fun-filled informative activity for youth titled “Respect for Law Day” on May 18 at the Mt. Holly Rescue Squad at 3 p.m. The public is invited to participate in this great community event. Families will find it valuable as they learn how to keep safe and well-informed about personal and legal rights. The mission is to strengthen the community in a fun and festive way. The “Respect for Law” program is designed to allow students to interact with law enforcement personnel in a non-threatening environment. Many time the only image youth have is seeing police officers chasing or putting handcuffs on someone. We want youth to know that police officers are their friends and not their enemies. The law enforcement personnel that will be present are Brian Davis and Robert Pitts from Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Department, Pat McCrainie from the state police and Johnny Beauchamp from the Northumberland Sheriff’s Department.
Scheduled activities include a K-9 demonstration, police vehicle demonstration, fire engines on display, rescue squad vehicle on display and games. Food will be served including hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and snacks. For more information, call Gladys Johnson at 804-472-2859.