BLOOMFIELD, NJ - A New Jersey State Police Helicopter landed in the outfield at Foley Field today as a part of the Bloomfield Police Department's Junior Police Academy.
The Junior Police Academy is a department initiative to expose local youth to a condensed version of a police academy experience.
Being a youth activity, there are portions of the week in which fun is built into the learning experience. Today, the youth made their way from their usual 'training ground' at Bloomfield High School to Foley Field. They traveled by foot as a unit. Shortly after assembling at Foley Field, the helicopter circled overhead before landing in the outfield.
Once the blades stopped, the everyone moved close to the aircraft where members of the State Police explained details about the aircraft and how it is used for police work.
Visitors who were in the park may have noticed that quasi-military style of bringing the cadets to order. They started the academy week learning basic drills like standing at attention and at ease. One of the underlying principles of those drills is to work together, as a team. Teamwork is essential in police work as well as in the fire department and emergency rescue squad.
Throughout the week, the students are also exposed to the work of the fire and rescue squad.