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Upstate police chief hosts academy to help keep young men out of trouble

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Youth Violence Intervention Academy (6/27/17 FOX Carolina) Youth Violence Intervention Academy (6/27/17 FOX Carolina)
Youth Violence Intervention Academy (6/27/17 FOX Carolina) Youth Violence Intervention Academy (6/27/17 FOX Carolina)
WILLIAMSTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Williamston Police chief Tony Taylor is on a mission to keep young men out of trouble, using a new Violence Intervention Academy.

"We want to reach them and do more things and interactive things to reach them. Stress the importance of making right choices," said Taylor.

The camp gives young men a chance to notice the effects of their behavior and helps guide them in the right directions.

The Violence Intervention Academy puts the several dozen boys through different scenarios such as practicing walking away from fights.  

Fourteen-year-old Kiowa Staples said he can't believe he's a member of the camp, but it's an eye-opener.

"I actually never thought I would be in a place like this," Staples said. "I learned that it's better to make good choices rather than make the stupid decision and get arrested."

The academy is not only meant to deter violence, but to also inspire young men that their dreams are possible if they stay on the right track.

Taylor said, "If you make the bad decision, it could be the decision that leads to death or lead to a lengthy time in prison and has a ripple effect."

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