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Friday, July 19, 2019, marked the graduation of close to 100 Calvert County middle school students from the Maryland State Police (MSP) Prince Frederick Barrack’s 23rd Camp C.O.P.S (Courage to be Outstanding with Pride and Self-confidence).

Throughout the week, campers gain an understanding of what it takes to be a police officer. The focus for these campers is learning self-discipline, teamwork, building courage and having fun. Many campers face obstacles at Camp C.O.P.S. that they never would at home.

Over a five day span, campers saw demonstrations and presentations by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division (Crime Lab), Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal, Maryland State Police CRASH Team, Calvert County Health Department, World Gym Prince Frederick, the Calvert County Detention Center, Martial Arts by Marshall Coffman and Maryland State Police – Aviation Command. The campers also took field trips to the MSP Prince Frederick Barrack, Calvert County District Court, Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, and the Calvert County Control Center.

The highlights of the week for most of the campers were the Maryland Natural Resources Police boat rides, meeting the Office of the State Marshal’s K-9 Sky, Kickball Tournament and watching the MSP Aviation Command’s Trooper 7 land and take-off from Kings Landing Park. The campers also got to see Trooper 7 close up!

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Prince Frederick Barrack, Detective Sergeant Bevard and retired Maryland State Police Trooper Larry Titus wish to thank the following organizations for all of their help and contributions: Dunkirk Baptist ChurchSt. John Vianney Catholic ChurchCalvert County Parks and Recreation, Kings Landing Park, Optimist Club of Calvert, and the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. Another thank you to the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department Company 2 in Prince Frederick, the Calvert Control Center (911), and the Calvert County District Court system for allowing us to tour their facilities.

A special thanks to Dunkirk Baptist Church auxiliary for preparing food all week and also a special thanks to Veronica McDermott and her crew from MISSION BBQ for donating lunch and services to Camp C.O.P.S. on Friday!

Overall, although it was extremely hot, the staff, senior campers, and campers had a great week filled with a lot of learning, laughing and having fun! We are already looking forward to next year!

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...