Huntsville police officers throw beach party for children


Campers have a splash on the last day of Huntsville’s 2014 SRO Youth Summer Camp

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police may be better known for serving and protecting than party planning, but the Huntsville Police Department’s School Resource Officer Unit put on quite an event for some local students this week.

The 2014 SRO Youth Summer Camp wrapped up Friday at Columbia High School with a beach-themed party. There were water slide inflatables, music, food and drinks. The party was the culmination of a week of activities that included bowling, skating, field trips, art projects, a movie and demonstrations by first responders.

More than a hundred students attended the free camp. The rising fifth and sixth-graders were selected to apply based on the recommendations of their teachers and other school leaders. All exhibited outstanding academic commitment and conduct in the previous school year. SRO Patrick Salvail says, “they deserve it…and this is a way for us to reward them for doing what’s right.”

Huntsville’s police department places a high premium on school resource officers, with the largest SRO unit in the state. Officers say the job allows them to be proactive in helping keep the city’s youth on the right track. An SRO is assigned to every high school and middle school in the city system.