CRANFORD – After five days of physical training and classroom instruction, the 12th session of the Cranford Police Youth Academy held its Graduation Ceremony on Friday.
The academy is intended to give Cranford juveniles the opportunity to be introduced to law enforcement through a simulated police academy environment. It ran from Monday June 25th through Friday June 29th and was comprised of 64 cadets, the largest in its 12-year history. In his opening remarks, Detective Steven R. D’Ambola mentioned how unlike past years, all cadets made it through the full five days with no dropouts.
Physical training consisted of running, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, an obstacle course, and various other exercises. During the military drill portion, the cadets learned how to stand at attention, complete facing movements, properly salute, and march as a unit.
Classroom instruction included motor vehicle stops, patrol operations, crime scene processing, water rescue, firearms safety, DWI enforcement, gang awareness, first aid/CPR, traffic investigations, and much more.
Members of the United States Marine Corps, United States Secret Service, Union County S.W.A.T., Union County Police Department Bomb Squad, and many more departments volunteered their time to make presentations to the cadets during classroom instruction.
“Integrity, maturity, and transformation,” said Detective D’Ambola. “I’m very proud of this amazing class.”
Congratulations to the graduates of the 12th Session of the Cranford Police Department Youth Police Academy:
Anthony Bayate Jr.
Emma Van Bergen