August 19, 2014 at 7:20 AM
SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Police Department’s Youth Academy, an increasingly popular program designed to provide area youth with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the role of the police officer, recently completed its 10th season with 45 cadets graduating In ceremonies attended by family members, Police Chief Robert Weck, and members of the Common Council.
During their visit to the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains, the cadets utilize the same obstacle course used by police recruits, receive unarmed defense instruction, and undergo firearms simulator training which demonstrates the split-second decisions that police officers must frequently make.
Summit Police Chief Robert Weck commented that, “The mission of the Summit Police Youth Academy is to familiarize our area youth with the role of the police officer, and provide them the opportunity to learn respect for the law, personal responsibility, and the importance of teamwork, all through positive interaction with local police officers and exposure to the challenges of responsibility of police work."
2014 Summit Police Academy Graduates
Joe Purce III
Juan Carlos Bolanos