Laurel Mayor Craig Moe presented 32 middle school students with Laurel ambassador pins on Dec. 31, signifying their importance to the community.
The students were fifth- and sixth-graders from Laurel private and public schools who participated in the first winter session of the Laurel Police Department Cops Camp, which was held during the Prince George’s County public school system’s winter break, said Laurel Public Information Officer Pete Piringer.
Laurel has been providing summer Cops Camps for more than five years, he said, and around 100 children attend each summer.
The camp is designed to teach youth leadership and discipline skills and gives participants hands-on instruction regarding conflict resolution, bullying, CPR and emergency services, fire safety and other topics relevant to law enforcement, Piringer said.
“The kids were very enthusiastic,” he said. “It looks like this is going to be something we’ll be doing in the future.”
In the past, ambassador pins have been presented to government officials, visiting dignitaries and local business owners, Piringer said. Graduates of the winter Cops Camp will also receive certificates to commemorate their accomplishments.