FREEHOLD, NJ —The deadline is Friday, September 1 to enrollment in the 20th annual Citizen Police Academy, designed to give attendees an overview of law enforcement services in Monmouth County.

To be held on six consecutive Thursday sessions from September 7 through October 12 at the Monmouth County Police Academy, the program offers a total 12-hour block of instruction with presentations on:

  • Distracted and safe driving initiatives
  • Internet dangers and safety measures
  • Foreclosure process

There also will be an interactive exercise program focusing on a healthy mind and body, K-9 demonstrations, and an equipment display with information on basic first aid certification.

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Tours will be conducted of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Center and Situational Training and Response Simulator (STARS), the first facility of its kind in the state to offer first responders real-life scenarios through both in-person exercises and a virtual threat simulator.

“Citizen Police Academy is a great opportunity for our residents to learn about the responsibilities of law enforcement and how we work together to keep our communities and county safe,” said Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.

Each class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the academy, located at 2000 Kozloski Road, Freehold.

Citizen Police Academy is open to Monmouth County residents age 18 or older who have no criminal record. There is no fee for the course. It is also a prerequisite for becoming a member of the Volunteers in Sheriff's Community Programs (VISCOMP) volunteer program.

Enrollment is limited. For additional information or an application, contact Undersheriff Ted Freeman at 732-431- 6400, ext. 1110, or visit, click on Community Outreach, click on Citizen Police Academy and download an application.

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