EDISON, NJ - The Police Department is getting ready to host two, week-long Junior Police Academy sessions for local middle school students starting Monday, July 31, according to the township.

Due to the program’s popularity, Lt. Robert Dudash suggests parents act quickly to enroll youngsters for their choice of sessions.

The first session runs from July 31-Aug. 4 and the second, from Aug. 7-11. Each daily session runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson Middle School, 50 Woodrow Wilson Dr. Edison.

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“As families plan their summer vacations and weekend recreation schedules, we hope they remember to schedule our Junior Police Academy into their plans,” said Dudash. “Our Junior Police Academies provide youngsters with plenty of fun and valuable information that may inspire them and can help keep them safe.”

Edison’s Junior Police Academy is open to all township youngsters entering 6-8 grade as of this coming September. The registration deadline is Friday. July 21.

Junior Police Academy activities include: DWI and anti-drug education, personal safety instruction, sports activities, and a variety of demonstrations involving police K-9s, emergency response, fire safety and suppression, motor vehicle stops and much more.

Academy graduates will receive diplomas at 1 p.m. ceremonies on Friday, Aug. 4 and Friday, Aug. 11 in the Council Chamber at the Municipal Complex, 100 Municipal Blvd., Edison. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Academy class sizes are limited, so students will be selected on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The program fee is $100 per session, payable to the Edison Municipal Alliance by check or money order.

The fee covers costs for lunches, snacks, refreshments, t-shirts, water bottles and other giveaways.

Interested residents may contact Lt. Dudash Jr., at the Edison Police Community Services Unit.