NUTLEY, NJ - Summertime, and the livin' isn't so easy for the Nutley youth who reported for the second day of Junior Police Academy at Spring Garden School.
The program, lead by Detective Sergeant Michael Padilla, introduces youth to thr hard work and training that goes into becoming a police officer. The kids will do drills, work on being a part of a team to complete a task, and learn about police equipment Along the way there is a great deal of fun too, on Monday the National Guard landed a helicopter on the playground. Members of the Nutley Fire Department also showed up on the fire day for a demonstration as well.
Allsion Annibal of Nutley told us that her daugher McKenzee "had a lot of fun yesterday." She liked that the program was strict, and made everyone did everything. 'Mom Annibal told us that her daughter especially liked the helicopter landing.
Another Nutley mom, who was dropping off her son before heading to work, told TAPinto Nutley that he "totally loved it" and did it again this year after having such a good time last year.
McKenzee Annibal, who will be going into the sixth grade at Radcliffe school this September, said she learned a lot including commands. This week she is looking forward to the field trip and graduation.
Nicholas Russo, who is in hte John H. Walker Middle School, is participating for the second year and is looking forward to the crime scene investigation again.
As the program got underway, Sgt. Padilla told the junior academy cadets that "we listen, process and then we do." the group replied with a resounding "Sir, Yes Sir!"
Padilla continued to explain that "police officers have a responsibility for everyone." It is "important that you have those values." He used the example of how, on Monday, the kids all pitched in and helped clean up the cafeteria even if it wasn't their mess, to show how lessons from this week can be applied to everyday situations.
The Nutley Police Department's Junior Police Academy continues all this week at Spring Garden School.
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