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ISP youth camp offering perspective from law enforcement's side

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A law enforcement youth  camp is underway in Collinsville, where the clash between the public and police could be fresh in the minds of those attending. 

For 11 years, the Illinois State Police (ISP) selected teenagers with conduct issues to attend their camp. These teens would not only join the officers running the program, but other teens wishing to go into law enforcement themselves. 

The purpose of the camp is to teach real-life situations and offer some perspective to the campers. 

The ISP are offering an up-close look at law enforcement. Campers said they have witnessed tragedies unfold in police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana. They have also seen the police ambush in Dallas. 

All of it has taken a toll on them. 

After a few days in the camp, camper Jason Murphy said he can see the pressure applied to the job of law enforecement. 

"All eyes are on them, all the time, and they're enforcing the law and construction in this country," Murphy said. "That's a very stressful job and sometimes they can lose that---some of them can---they can lose that focus and they panic." 

Murphy said when a few officers lose focus on their job and do something bad, it does not mean all officers are guilty of being bad. 

"Don't think of them as law enforcers, think of them as peace officers," Murphy said. 

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