Salt Lake City Field Office Graduates New Junior Special Agents
The kids also spent time in the classroom talking about the qualities and values that make a good FBI agent.
“Be confident,” one student said.
Another said, “Be respectful.”
“We want them to learn about the FBI. We want them to know the law is good,” said Capt. Anie Trimmer, corps officer of the Salt Lake City Salvation Army.
Trimmer runs the Salvation Army Youth Day Camp, which she said fills a big need for many families in the Salt Lake community during the summer months.
“Parents go to work; there’s nothing for their children to do; they can’t afford child care,” Trimmer said.
For $35 a week, the camp provides activities and meals for the kids.
“If they can’t afford it, we won’t turn them away,” Trimmer said.
A big part of the camp is weekly field trips.
Last December, Community Outreach Specialist Melissa Adams invited Trimmer and the kids to visit the FBI.
“It’s just rewarding; it’s a positive program for kids to see behind the scenes of what the FBI does,” Adams said. “It gives them a positive perspective of law enforcement.”
Trimmer said when Adams extended the invite, it was a no-brainer.
“They were really excited to come to the FBI. They see the FBI shows all the time,” Trimmer said.
At the end of the day, Special Agent in Charge Eric Barnhart presented all the kids with badges and credentials and they graduated as Jr. Special Agents in Training.
Trimmer said programs like this have a positive impact on children.
“Maybe one of these days, one of these kids will become an FBI agent and say it was because of the Salvation Army Day Camp taking us on the FBI on a field trip,” she said.