PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Piscataway Township Police Department is once again offering Township residents an opportunity to become familiar with the day-to-day operations of their police department.

Piscataway Police will conduct a 12-week interactive ‘Citizen Police Academy’ program for Township residents beginning Feb 11, 2016.

Participants from previous recruit classes have applauded the components of the curriculum. Resident Richard Schmidt, a 2014 graduate remarked, “The class gave me a first-hand look into the inner workings of the police department…a great experience to learn how the police accomplish their tasks from the routine to the highly complex and what citizens can do to help make Piscataway an even better place to live.”

Sign Up for E-News

Participants will gain a better understanding of the procedures, guidelines, responsibilities, demands of personnel and laws and policies that guide police decision making.

Topics covered will include: Overviews of the Department’s organization and structure; recruitment and training; and the roles and responsibilities of the various divisions and sections such as Patrol, Traffic, Investigations, Vice, Special Victims, Community Policing and the Emergency Services Unit. In addition, participants will be able to ride along with a police officer on patrol, and experience firearms training.

The Citizen Police Academy is open to Township residents who are over 21 years of age and who successfully complete a thorough background investigation. ‘Citizen Recruits’ will meet one night a week on Thursdays for two hours, and one selected Saturday. There is no cost to attend. Class size is limited.

Interested residents may contact the Community Policing Section at 732-562-2349 for an application or additional information. The application deadline is Jan. 18, 2016.