MIDDLETOWN, NJ: The week of July 8th, the Middletown Township Police Department held its first Police Youth Week Camp of the summer. The week concluded with a graduation ceremony on Friday, July 12th at the Brookdale Student Life Center.

There were 67 children, between the ages of 8 to 11, who participated in this program that gave them their first exposure to law enforcement at the recruit phase.

Each graduate received a certificate from Deputy Chief Robert Stefanski and a well-earned cadet badge from Committeewoman Pat Snell. Mayor Perry and Police Chief Craig Weber congratulated each child with a handshake.

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The Police Youth Week program is a combination of classroom style learning and physical training. Participants learned firsthand about a wide variety of law enforcement training and techniques including officer safety, crime scene investigations, traffic enforcement, the K-9 unit as well as the U.S. Coast Guard’s role in law enforcement. The program also emphasized the importance of citizenship and community policing.

Congratulations to our Police Youth Week graduates and the dedicated officers who run this amazing program: Sgt. Gardiner, Sgt. Gigante, Cpl. Seymour, Cpl. Kennedy, Cpl. Riffert, Ptl. Carr, Ptl. Cruz and Ptl. Burke!