WHAT IS POLICE YOUTH WEEK?

The Piscataway Township Police Department has found that education has been the most effective way in gaining understanding and support from the community.  Through implementation of Youth Week, the Piscataway Township Police Department offers youth a new insight into how police officers perform their duties as well as how the department serves the community.  The success of the police department depends largely upon the amount of cooperation and support it receives from the citizens it serves.

WHEN IS POLICE YOUTH WEEK?

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Police Youth Week lasts five days concluding with graduation. Dates are June 24 – 28, 2019.  The classes are held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Police Headquarters.

WHO MAY ATTEND POLICE YOUTH WEEK?

Police Youth Week is open to any youth who lives or attends school in Piscataway, will be entering 7th or 8th grade in September 2019, and has an interest about his or her police department and law enforcement as a career choice.

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF POLICE YOUTH WEEK?

The purpose of Police Youth Week is to foster better communication between youth and police through education.  Police Youth Week will create a nucleus of well-informed youth who will possess greater insight into police practices and services.  Previous youth participating have attended Police Youth Week with the career of law enforcement in mind.  Teaching pride, respect, responsibility, teamwork, and increasing ones self-esteem is an important objective of Police Youth Week.

WHAT IS THE COURSE CURRICULUM OF POLICE YOUTH WEEK?

The instruction is comprehensive, covering different areas of the police department each day.  Police officers with particular expertise will instruct each topic. A wide variety of training topics will include: Patrol Functions, Team Building Skills, Drill and Ceremony, Investigations, Crime Scene Processing, Traffic Laws, K-9 Unit, and Aviation Unit. The curriculum will include a trip to the New Jersey State Police Museum.  In addition, the youth’s day will consist of light calisthenics, recreational team building activities and basic police procedures.

WHAT IS THE COST OF POLICE YOUTH WEEK?

The Police Youth Week is free to Township residents.  A “uniform” t-shirt, shorts, hat, water bottle and all learning materials will be provided.

WHAT DO I DO IF I AM INTERESTED?

Those interested can obtain an application at Piscataway Police Headquarters, 555 Sidney Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854, online at www.ptpd.net or or at any Township middle school.  Those who would like additional information can contact Detective Calvin Laughlin of the Community Policing Section at (732) 562-2349 or Detective Tishun Myers of the Community Policing Section at (732) 562-2359. Applications must be completed and returned by June 3, 2019.