RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — About 60 kids spent the week at the 2nd annual Virginia Rules Camp at Pocahontas State Park. The camp, run by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, teaches kids about Virginia law and law enforcement.
Virginia Rules Camp began as a partnership between the Virginia Attorney General’s Office and the Richmond Police Department in 2004. Recognizing the success of the Virginia Rules Camp model, Attorney General Mark Herring made funding available to other localities to host camps of their own.
In 2017, 20 localities across the state were awarded funding to host their own Virginia Rules Camps.
-Virginia Rules Camp website
Campers spent the week going hiking, taking hay rides, and doing team-building activities. They also toured a jail and met local judges.
“We want the kids to have a sense of knowing law enforcement, but knowing law enforcement in a good way,” said Capt. Eric Jones of the Chesterfield Sheriff’s Department. “We want them to know us as people, and not as just someone in uniform.”
After camp is over, deputies visit local schools in their uniforms, so campers can see them in all aspects of the job.
Click here to learn more about Virginia Rules Camp.