Deputies and kids aim to create 'Harmony in the Streets'

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County kids are getting the chance to learn about the inner workings of the sheriff's office in a harmonious fashion.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office and Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches partnered up to host the Harmony in the Streets mobile day camp at Oscar Patterson Elementary School this week.

The goal behind the camp is to build relationships between local youth and law enforcement.

During Wednesday's camp session, kids learned about BCSO's SWAT team and what deputies do.

The program will be running all week.

"Well, I think the important thing is that we need to really know that people are people, you know, and deputy sheriffs, even though they wear a badge, they're people and they like to have fun and they can cut up and have a good time and I think the important thing about these camps is the relationship building," Cori Welbes, Director of Camping Services, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, said.

The next Harmony in the Streets camp will be in Holmes County. To learn how to get your child signed up for that camp, you are encouraged to contact HCSO.