Submitted by Editor on Fri, 2016-05-06 21:11 Bengaluru: To prevent slum children from falling prey to drug abuse and other addictions, officials at the Tilak Nagar police station have come up with novel initiative to counter the problem: summer camps. “At present, we are training 70 children for 40 days,” said Sadiq Pasha, inspector at the Tilak Nagar Police Station which is organising camps for children from Byrasandra Tank Bund area, Byrasandra and Tilaknagar. “Children between the age groups 8-16 can grasp things easily. If good values and etiquette can be imparted, it will have a great impact on their future.” The camp is of 15 days duration and children will take part in art, craft, yoga among other activities. “These children are vulnerable to smoking, drinking and drugs and they end up in bad company during their vacations. Their parents have been very cooperative and volunteers from Area Suraksha Mitra (community police) have pitched in to organise events, arrange food, and even birthday parties.” “Many children have the impression that police only punish and lock people up. This is not correct. We want to send out the message that while the police have to maintain law and order, we can also be mentors,” said a senior police official. Apart from the cultural activities, doctors from Nimhans and Apollo are also organising free health check-up for the children. “These children are often ignored. Our aim is to identify and help them give shape to their talents,” said Valli Narasimha, project manager, community policing.