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Clarksville Junior Police Academy aimed at increasing positive relationships with officers

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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The search was on Saturday for children in Clarksville who are looking to someday represent Indiana's finest.

It was the second annual Clarksville Junior Police Academy at Gateway Park.

Nearly 200 children and their families took part in in second annual Clarksville Junior Police Academy at Gateway Park. Kids participated in laser tag, an obstacle course, K-9 demonstration and fingerprinting.

The goal of the event was to increase positive relationships with officers. Officers want children to run to them, not from them.

"I think it's really helped develop some strong relationships," Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer said of the academy. "A lot of parents who may have had some bad experiences with police have talked about how this program as made them feel better about it."

The program was paid for by money that was seized during drug busts

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