Somerville, NJ – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano and the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police President, Chief William Parenti of the North Plainfield Police Department, announce that the Somerset County Police Academy with be conducting a 5-day “Police Youth Week”.
This program will be held from Monday, July 17, 2017 to Friday, July 21, 2017 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy, located at 402 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough Township, New Jersey.
The goals of the program are to introduce high school students to a career in law enforcement and to develop positive interaction between students and members of the law enforcement community.
Academy Director Dr. Richard Celeste states the Police Youth Week program is modeled after the Somerset County Police Academy Recruit Training Program which trained police recruits up until 2014. Instruction will be provided by Police Academy staff members and police officers from participating local police departments. The program is being sponsored by the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.
Participation in Police Youth Week will provide the attending student with an overview of various components of the criminal justice field. The program will be conducted through both classroom and practical based exercises providing the student with not only an academic understanding but also a “hands-on” experience. The program changes every year and is based on a four year curriculum to encourage the student to participate in the program the following year. It should be understood that due to the course design, it is not necessary to attend a previous year in order to attend a following year program. The program includes Police & Community Relations, Communication Skills, SWAT & Dive Units, Military Drill, Physical Training and much more.
The program is open to students entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year or that have completed their senior year. Applicants must be a Somerset County resident or a child of a Somerset County government employee. To apply for the program, go to the Police Academy website. You can also contact your school main office or your local police department. For specific questions please call the Police Academy at 908-541-5038.
Applications must be received by Friday, June 9, 2017.
Once applications have been reviewed, you will receive a confirmation letter in the mail.