WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Woodland Park Police Department is planning a Junior Police Academy this summer.

The academy will be held July 16 to 20 at Memorial School, 15 Memorial Dr., from 8:30 a.m. sharp to 3:30 p.m. each day. Lunch will be provided as well as a cadet shirt, shorts, hat and water bottle. The program is designed for 11 to 14-year-old youth to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of law enforcement.

“We’ve been kicking the idea around for a few years,” Police Chief Anthony Galietti said at a recent joint Board of Education/Borough Council meeting. “Det. (Dan) Dugan stepped up to the plate and got this going.”

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The program is offered free of charge. All applicants must be a resident of Woodland Park. Only the first 30 completed applications will be accepted. Pick up applications at the dispatch desk in the Police Department inside the Municipal Building, 5 Brophy Lane. Once completed they can be dropped at the same location.

“We want them to have fun,” Det. Dugan said. “But we also want to show them how we got to where we are. It’s great way to show a piece of what we go through to get to where we are today.”

The application includes a medical waiver which must be signed by a doctor noting the cadet is in good physical condition to participate as the academy will include daily activity (running, push-ups, calisthenics, etc.).

A mandatory orientation will be held on Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. Both the cadet and a parent/guardian must be present.

For further information, contact Det. Dan Dugan at 973-345-8117 or ddugan@wpnj.us.