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Two Junior Crime Scene Investigation Academies being staged at Boys & Girls
Participants last year got to see a bomb robot in action. - photo by Bulletin file photo

Youngsters will have an opportunity to learn about law enforcement, from crime scene processing and evidence collecting to fingerprinting.

Incoming third- through sixth-grade students can learn the elements of police work at the Junior Crime Scene Investigation Academy, which is an annual summer program of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Manteca / Lathrop.

Two sessions are made possible in part by the Manteca Police Chief’s Foundation.

The first is scheduled from July 16 through 20 for third- and fourth- grade students, going from 8 a.m. to noon.

The second session will run from July 23 through 27 – also 8 a.m. to noon – for fifth- and sixth- graders.

Cost is $25 for non B&G Club members and $13 for members. The Boys and Girls Clubs is located at 545 W. Alameda St., Manteca.

John Scharf is the social recreation coordinator at the Manteca facility. He’s giving youngsters early notice before available spots fill up, accepting the first 20 to turn in their paper work by 5 p.m. Friday, June 22.

“We really emphasize the importance of teamwork, respect, positive behavior, pride in one’s work, and the resistance to drugs and alcohol,” said Scharf, who is also a long-time volunteer for the Manteca Police Department’s Explorers program.

He added, “It is our hope that each cadet will leave the program with a better understanding of crime scene investigation techniques, citizenship and the rewards of community involvement.”

Officers April Smith and Eva Steele will help out at this year’s summer program, according to Scharf.

For more information, call 209-239-5437.