More than 700 children got free school supplies as North Charleston police officers and city recreation department staff teamed up Friday in a back-to-school camp, according to police department spokesman Spencer Pryor.

Children also got a day of fun and educational experiences at Riverfront Park, such as trying on the SWAT team's gas masks. The event replaced the police department's annual "It's Cool To Be in School" supply giveaway that's usually held at the Convention Center, Pryor said.

"This year we focused on the children in summer camps to ensure that they were ready for the first day of school," Police Chief Eddie Driggers said in a statement. "We will work with the schools to also make certain that teachers have the necessary school supplies needed for children."

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