Fort Lee, N.J. - Bloomfield Junior Police Academy Class 17-02 had the privilege of being taught the day to day operations of the Marine Bureau thanks to the generosity of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police and their Marine Unit Crew.  This was a first for both the recruits and the instructors. The Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Marine Operations Bureau took all the students out for a ride on the boat.  A rescue boat rode next to them as a safety precaution.  The students were taught all the various operations that the Marine Unit might encounter. The members of the Bureau that assisted today were Officer Dana Eustace, Officer Anthony Engel, Sgt. Jeffrey Kimbro, Sgt. Jock Watkins, and Dlt. Roman Galloza. Police Chief Michael J. Coppola also was there today.

Friday August 11, 2017 11 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers is the Graduation for the 48 High School students who completed the 10 day program. The purpose of the Bloomfield Junior Police Academy is to foster relationships that will bridge the gaps between law enforcement and youth, while also exposing them to future careers in serving their community. The goal of the program is to motivate young people to be outstanding citizens and to empower them to act as a positive influence in our community.

"I am thankful for the partnerships with our brother and sisters in the law enforcement community, that pitch in to provide a positive image and build connections with the youth of our community, that foster relationships that will begin now and build through the future as they grow into adults." stated Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio.