KENILWORTH, NJ - The Kenilworth Police Department held its second annual Police Youth Academy graduation on Friday, July 15. The ceremony was held at town hall and saw 29 students graduate.

The Instructors included Detective Sgt. James Grady, Detective Brian Pickton, Detective Ken Grady, and Detective Edward Paster. However, many other members of the Kenilworth Police Department were involved in the program, and various members of the community and other departments made the week possible.

Both Detective Pickton and Chief John Zimmerman spoke at the ceremony.

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“I cannot tell you how proud we are of each and every recruit. Your sons and daughters are nothing short of outstanding,” said Detective Pickton. “They responded well to discipline. They showed an ability to use good judgement and to problem solve. They demonstrated an ability to be resourceful and show initiative. But what impressed us the most was their ability to take responsibility for themselves, as well as their fellow recruits.”

“We have a great group of young men and women here – hopefully some future police officers – and hopefully this week some of these experiences that you [the recruits] got to be exposed to will maybe push you in our direction,” Chief Zimmerman added. “Hopefully, you can take the torch to be passed down and keep this profession as noble as it has been.”

The graduates were then called individually to receive both recognition and a medal for their achievements in the past week. 

Anna Giacalone is a student writer for TAP into Kenilworth.