S. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Some young kids are getting a taste of what the men and women in blue do as part of their jobs.

The South Whitehall Township Police Department is holding its second annual youth police academy this week.

About 20 fifth and sixth graders from the Parkland School District hung out with the cops Wednesday outside the department's Joint Operations Center.

The students watched officer demonstrations and learned how to finger-print and what to look for at crime scenes.

Police say the program helps the kids and officers bond with one another.

"There's a lot of joking around with our kids. I think we have now become their friends, so they don't just see us as police officers, but we're also their friends," said Chief Glen Dorney.

At the end of the session the students will also be certified in first aid and CPR. A graduation ceremony for them will be held on Friday.

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