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MSCR students work with police officers through badge program

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Chief Mike Koval speaks with students about local police practices. Chief Mike Koval speaks with students about local police practices.
Kaleese Burrell has her photo taken with the horse patrol. Kaleese Burrell has her photo taken with the horse patrol.
Program participants play a game of four square with Madison Police officers. Program participants play a game of four square with Madison Police officers.

MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) youth group met with Madison Police Chief Mike Koval Wednesday afternoon following an eight-week law enforcement program.

MSCR's youth program collaborated with the Madison Police Department neighborhood officers to offer a Police Club for the third year in a row. The Club aims to give students ages 10-13 a better understanding of law enforcement.

The kids prepared questions for police officers, learned about K9 units and even got to meet the horse patrol.

According to Club representatives, the program helps establish positive relationships between kids and officers. 

Sixth grader Kaleese Burrell says this was her first year in the program. She says she learned many things during the eight-week program and feels it has helped her better understand the role of a police officer in the community.

"Police officers are not just there to fight crime. They are there to keep us safe as well as communicate with us."

Laura Harrington, the MSCR director who oversaw the event, says the intention of this program is to bridge relationships between the public and the police.

"It has strengthened a bond and provided a greater understanding of police work between the youth and the neighborhood officers." 

You can find out more about the different programs MSCR offers on its website

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