Barnegat’s Citizens Police Academy Signing Up for Fall Classes

Aug 08, 2018

The Barnegat Township Police Department is bringing back its Citizens Police Academy, where residents have an opportunity to learn about all aspects of police work. The free program is available to any adult resident of Barnegat. The classes will be held each week on Thursday from 9 a.m. until around noon, starting on Sept. 6 and concluding on Nov. 8. The program is limited to 25 participants, who will be selected on a first come, first served basis.

“The academy is not designed to certify and train community members as law enforcement officers, but rather to allow the community to better understand the function of the police department,” said Patrolman Jim Purcell.

He said participants will attend classes in patrol, narcotics, fraud/ID theft, traffic stops, use of force and much more, all while meeting and working closely with actual Barnegat Township police officers.

“The intent is to allow the opportunity for community members to have an inside look into our department and policing as a whole as well as to gain further education about crime and crime prevention,” he said.

Purcell said he and other officers will serve as instructors. He said members from other law enforcement agencies who may be called to assist Barnegat have also been invited to participate.

“We had this class some years back, and the response was good,” said Police Chief Keith Germain. “We’re trying to bring back more of these community policing programs.”

Applications for the class are available online or at police headquarters and need to be returned no later than Friday, Aug 17. They can be emailed to or turned in to Purcell at the police station, on West Bay Avenue.

Purcell added that if the daytime hours are inconvenient for people interested in attending, additional evening classes may be arranged. —E.E.

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