FREEHOLD, NJ — Monmouth County high school students, who are considering a career in law enforcement, are invited to apply to the 25th Annual Sheriff Youth Week program.

This challenging weeklong program, held from July 10 through July14 at the Monmouth County Police Academy, offers youths the opportunity to participate in police academy-style training and instructional sessions by municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

“I’m very proud that many of our Sheriff Youth Week graduates discovered law enforcement as a career choice at Sheriff Youth Week and have gone on to professions in law enforcement and public safety,” said Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.

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“Recruits” report daily to the Freehold-based academy, 7:45 a.m. with the day ending at 4 p.m. Each day is filled with academic instruction as well as drill, physical training and ceremonies. Sheriff Youth Week concludes with a formal graduation ceremony on the program’s final day at the Monmouth County Police Academy, with parents and friends encouraged to attend.

While there is no participation fee, a background check is completed on all applicants. 

The deadline for applications is Friday, June 9. For information about Sheriff Youth Week, visit, click on community programs, click on Sheriff Youth Week and download the information and application.