ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Monday some Allentown middle-school students were encouraged to take the law into their own hands.

The students were challenge to learn about law enforcement as part of a week-long camp, held by the Allentown Police Department.

Twenty students from the Allentown School District were picked to participate in the program.

The Police Department says the camp is for everyone, not just future officers.

"This gives us the opportunity to kind of show them that there is a person behind the uniform, behind the badge, and have a positive influence on the youth," said patrolman James Stanko with the Allentown Police Department.

Over the next few days, they'll learn about a variety of law enforcement topics, including hostage negotiation, physical fitness and medical-emergency procedures.

The students will graduate at a ceremony Friday.