VA Law Enforcement Participates in Golf Tournament to Benefit Children


FRONT ROYAL, Va. - Law enforcement showed the lighter side of their personalities at the Bowling Green Golf Course on Friday. Over 60 participants gathered in support of the Annual Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Golf Tournament which benefits their Youth Camp.

"I’m participating for the youth of Frederick County,” said William Snapp, a deputy with the Winchester City Sheriff’s Office. “And also for the camaraderie with all types of people; people that have retired and you haven’t seen in awhile. That type of thing.”

The Youth Camp and golf tournament to support it, we're started 16 years ago.

"It was at that time that Sheriff Williamson started his camp,” said Gilbert D. Barrington, now retired from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, but who was on staff when the camp was first started. “{Sheriff Williamson] thought it would be a good idea. He got together with some other folks, and they started working hard on it. And it's been ever since then."

The Youth Camp allows about 80 middle school age children the opportunity to go camping, for one whole week, completely free of charge, with officers from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

"They get to see us like this,” said Captain Aleck Beeman with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, pointing to his golfing attire. “We're not in uniform, so they see us as regular people. Not some officer out there with the sunglasses, and the hat pulled down, you know, unapproachable,” said Beeman, who oversees the Youth Camp.

The tournament raises about $4,000 of the $15,000 it costs to put on the camp.

"We also started doing a 5K run, which we did in March. We also solicit the community,” said Beeman. “We have a lot of businesses in the community that support us, and we're happy to have all them."

"The money is good that they rise because it's going for an outstanding cause. A lot of the kids would never get a chance to do anything [like this], and [now] they will,” said Barrington. “This is a wonderful camp."

The camp takes place in August and is designated for kids enrolled between fifth and seventh grades.

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