CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- A Virginia politician paid a visit to a week-long gang prevention camp for children in the community Tuesday.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring talked to the kids about the importance of getting to know their local law enforcement officials.
He said, "I think it gives kids an opportunity to know police as people, and also the police to stay current on what's going on in the lives of these young people, so that when they go back out into the communities they serve, it will be a lot easier for everyone to establish that mutual trust that I think all of our communities are looking for."
Herring also said camps like the Gang Reduction Through Active Community Engagement camp help kids build those relationships through fun activities.
He says that's important to help grow a healthy community.
The campers also got to see a police K-9 unit demonstration during which they saw how officers and dogs help enforce the law.