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Date: Jun 24, 2019

The Baltimore County Police Department is hosting its 13th annual Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) this week.

The YLA offers the teens, 14 to 18, the opportunity to develop leadership skills while having fun and meeting with peers who are like-minded.

Each day the teenagers meet at the Police Training Academy at 8 a.m. and begin a week of new insight into the Police Department and the people who serve.

The teens learn about leadership, decision-making, communication, teamwork, public service and much more.

The week brings field trips to the Marine Unit, Aviation Unit and the K9 Unit. All units are unique and all important to the work of the department.

At the police academy, they role play crime scenes. Teens are pushed to think, investigate and interview crime victims and suspects. They soon discover this isn’t CSI.

The teens get a break during all this activity with free lunches and snacks during the day.

The week is exciting and educational. Young people who are thinking about working in the criminal justice field will find this time well spent.

The 4th Annual Baltimore County Police Department Baseball Camp is scheduled for June 24 to 28. Precinct 12 Dundalk will host the camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Merritt Point Park located at 7800 Dunmanway in Dundalk 21222.

The week-long camp focuses on underprivileged and at-risk youth from ages 8 to 14. It is free to participants nominated by local schools, recreation councils and other programs. There will be “skills and drills” for the participants in the morning and games after lunch. A cookout is scheduled on the last day of camp.

Officer McElfish, a 25-year veteran of the department who works in Precinct 12 Dundalk, began this program in 2016. He was awarded the Baltimore County Police Foundation's Community Service Award this year for his dedicated efforts in creating and leading youth sports camps and his outstanding commitment to serving the community. He has also played in the minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians.

The camp helps to strengthen relations between police officers and young people.

Watch video from last year's baseball camp.

Revised June 27, 2017