Police Read with Camden Kids to Promote Literacy

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CAMDEN, N.J. -

On the morning of Wednesday, January 30th, officers with the Camden County Police Department grabbed a good book and visited schools throughout the city of Camden.

The visit is part of the department's Bookmates Program and officials say it is a great way to not only encourage reading, but to also build a better bond between the community and the people who work to protect it.

"We find that this event and this program actually helps build that rapport with children and police officers in such a great positive way that children that have gone through the program and ... get older, the relationships between the officer and the children continue," said Lt. Zsackhiem James, Camden Co. Police Dept.

"And, hopefully, we're looking to maybe inspire some children to become police officers."

As part of the Bookmates Program, officers meet one-on-one with students for 30 minutes of reading every week to provide a nurturing literacy experience that encourages the kids to develop good reading habits.

The Bookmates Program is currently in three Camden schools with more than 15 participating officers.

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