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By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Police Academy is hosting some very young potential recruits this week, as about 80 elementary school students attend summer camp there.

The kids walked by the Police Academy’s firing range, a little in awe.  They don’t fire guns themselves, but they get to do just about everything else recruits do, according to Corporal Bryan Coyle:

“How to put on handcuffs, how to make car stops, how to do traffic control, demonstrations by the K-9 unit, the SWAT unit, the bomb squad, the crime scene unit, the highway patrol.”

Coyle says the camp counselors, who are police officers, love the chance to work with kids and the kids get to see police in a different light.

There are two one-week camps.  Next week, middle schoolers get the run of the academy, joining a brand new class of recruits.

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