Wal-Mart Supports Respect for Law Camp

(L. to R.) Officer Gil Benitez, Chief Derrick Diggs, Officer Yvetta Dominique, Wal-Mart Co-Manager David Pierrelus and Sgt. Jacquelyn Garrett.

Three area Wal-Mart stores have banded together to donate $6,750 to support the Fort Myers Police Department’s 2020 “Respect for Law Camp.” Wal-Mart’s charitable contribution will assist with scholarships for deserving campers and other expenses. 

The “Respect for Law Camp” is a non-profit program open to children ages 11-14. The goal of the camp is to bridge communication between law enforcement and youth. The campers learn respect for laws, develop leadership skills and engage in teamwork.

During the 4 day/3-night experience, children will participate in/or observe live police scenarios, SWAT and K-9 demonstrations, obstacle courses, , hands-on equipment displays, and learn about social media and internet safety.

Campers experience some of the challenges and expectations that come with being a member of law enforcement, in a fun and relaxed setting.

For additional information on the camp, upcoming registrations or support opportunities, please contact Sgt. Jacquelyn Garrett via email at jgarrett@fmpolice.com.

Editor’s note: If you have kids between the ages of 11 and 14, this camp is one of the best things you can ever do for them. It teaches respect, discipline, teamwork, and so much more. It is not easy, but most of the time the kids love it. As the parent of a kid who went each year he was eligible, I can not say enough good things about all the people involved with Respect For Law.