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Bedford’s annual ‘Cop Camp’ a big hit

August 13, 2008 | Virginia News

News Image The percussive force of a bomb exploding at the end of a field behind Bedford Middle School shocked some of the children watching.

Participants in Bedford’s annual Cop Camp, they watched as Virginia State Police officers detonated charges — in a shoe, a metal can and even on a packaged pig’s foot. The intent is to show how destructive these items are, and what kids should do if they find an explosive.

Wednesday’s exercise illustrates a key part of Cop Camp: Wow, with a lesson.

This year, 128 children from Bedford County, Bedford City, Lynchburg and Roanoke are participating in the five-day camp. Another 50 kids were on a waiting list. Cop Camp, in its sixth year, is open to children ages 9 to 15. There is no charge.

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