HACKENSACK NJ - Celebrating its 19th year, this year’s Hackensack Youth Academy class has 65 registered students. The Hackensack Police Youth Academy started on Monday morning with a the flag salute at 8:30 a.m. at Nellie K Parker School located at 261 Maple Hill Drive.

"For 19 years, the academy has been graduating cadets and bringing together the community and our officers. I look forward to continuing to witness the growth and success of the Youth Academy in years to come,” said Mayor John Labrosse.

"I am honored to welcome the 19th Youth Academy class of 2019. This week you will participate in a crash course simulating the basic training course that police cadets go through to become police officers. Have a great week. I will see you Friday at your graduation ceremony. Work hard and be blessed,” Deputy Mayor David Sims said.

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The cadets were praised for their commitment in attending the five-day program and advised that as a department, the Hackensack Police department is looking to strengthen the relationship between our police department, the city youth, as well as our community. 

Yesterday, the cadets trained with Hackensack Fire personnel. 

Speaking briefly to the cadets about the program and what to expect for the upcoming week, Det. Lt. Tina Cappadonna, Youth Division Commander, Hackensack Police said, “It’s a great experience, enjoy it, and to make the most of it.”

According to Cappadonna, the goal is that by taking part in the Youth Academy, and other community policing events, the cadets will get a better understanding of how law enforcement operates within their community. 

“It is vital that they understand that forming a good working relationship between the police department and it’s community helps gain public trust, and hopefully, open communication between both the Hackensack Police and the community,” she said.

In addition, “Community Policing” program, was initiated earlier this week which is working directly with our Juvenile Bureau, Lt. Tina Cappadonna, and Sgts. Mark Del Carpio and Dana Koenig. 

The graduation ceremony will take place Friday, Aug. 23 at 6:00 p.m. For more information about the graduation, please contact Maddie at (201) 518-2338.  

The Police Department leadership expressed thanks to the Maywood, South Hackensack and Rochelle Park Police Departments, as well as the Hackensack Fire Department for their participation with the 2019 Youth Academy.