Junior Police Academy Planned for Barnegat Kids

Jun 20, 2018

Grade school children will get a primer on local law enforcement when the Barnegat Township Police Department holds Junior Police Academy next month.

Sessions will be held Monday through Friday, July 9 through 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The academy is open to Barnegat students entering fifth or sixth grade in the 2018-2019 school year.

Police Chief Keith Germain said the program is not designed as a “boot camp.”

“Rather, it is a learning experience for participants that allows them the opportunity to interact with our officers,” he said. “The academy daily agenda mirrors the real police academy with physical training and drills followed by instruction and demonstrations.”

Topics covered include agency history, criminal investigations, SWAT, motor vehicle stops, defensive tactics and more.

The program is limited to 25 students who will be selected from a random lottery. Applications can be downloaded from the Barnegat Police Department website at barnegatpolice.com. A participation fee of $25 will be collected upon acceptance payable by check or money order. This fee covers uniforms and required accessories.

For more information, call Patrolman Jim Purcell, who is community policing officer, at 609-698-5000, extension 262 or by emailing purcell372@barnegat.net.  —E.E.

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