SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Summer is officially under way and it won't take long before boredom sets in, especially for teens. If plans are still up in the air, the Spotswood Police Department is offering a free Junior Police Academy for teens entering grades eight through 11.

The program will take place at the Immaculate Conception School on 23 Manalapan Road in Spotswood from Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22. Participants must be present for the entire week to be eligible for the graduation ceremony on July 22. The program will run daily from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. with participants arriving by 8:15 a.m. The day's events will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Completed applications must be received by July 11 and can be obtained in person at the Spotswood Police Department at the Municipal Complex on Summerhill Road or by downloading the application at the SPD's Facebook page.

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Participants will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. The class is limited to 25 teens. Both the participant and a parent must attend a mandatory meeting on the week of July 11 before the program begins. During the meeting, the day's schedule as well as rules will be discussed in addition to handing out uniforms. Participants and parents can also ask questions. 

Both the cost of the uniforms and program are free for participants.

For additional information or questions, email Detective Scott Hoover at or Patrolman Michael Genovese at Detective Hoover can also be reached by telephoning the Spotswood Police Department at 732-251-2121 Ex. 804.