Rizzo the Albemarle County Police K-9 unit stalked his prey through the field behind Murray High School on Tuesday afternoon. Stopping near a bush, the sleek Belgian malinois suddenly dove into the undergrowth, pulling out a man in a red padded suit.
A hushed “wow” went up from the group of middle school students who stood nearby. When the man tried to get away again, Rizzo flew through the air to tackle him to the ground once more, allowing his handler to handcuff the man.
This week, 23 local students (third to eighth grade) will get to know officers from the Charlottesville and Albemarle County police departments. With help from the Attorney General’s office, the Gang Reduction through Active Community Engagement committee and the local chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs, local law enforcement is holding the second annual Virginia Rules Summer Camp, a day camp for children to learn more about police work.