CRANFORD – After five days of physical training and classroom instruction, the 13th 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, July 8th through Friday, July 12thand was comprised of 49 cadets. In his opening remarks, Detective Steven R. D’Ambola that the academy started with 51 cadets but two dropped out.
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.
This year's Youth Police Academy was dedicated to the late Honorary Police Officer Ray Schwartz.
Cranford Police Department Youth Police Academy 13th Session Graduates:
Leo Benjamin Sweeney
Jamison Alex Thomas