PLAINFIELD, NJ -The Plainfield Community is invited to attend the Queen City’s Mentoring Academy 5th Graduation Ceremony on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM at the Plainfield High School. The Academy's three week session took place from July 16, 2018 until August 3, 2018 at Plainfield High School in the Gymnasium. The program began in 2014 by Officers McNeill, James, Harrison, and Carter, as a result of the unique bonds and relationships formed between the school resource officers and the students. This year’s program provided mentoring to 80 young people who will graduate from the academy at tomorrow’s ceremony.  

The three week Academy is designed to educate young adults in various aspects of public service, including county government, judiciary, emergency services and law enforcement.   Plainfield Police Officers work with the youth to foster a positive working relationship between themselves and the young people.  The curriculum consists of educational activities as well as physical training activities.  The daily programs include presentations by educators, interaction with agencies and field trips. The Academy is considered a day camp (Monday through Friday) and is offered to young men and women of Plainfield entering the 6th, 7th and 8th grade in September 2018. The program is offered free of charge.

This year's graduation ceremony will begin with an introduction of the cadets, a hat and certificate presentation followed by words of encouragement from our Honorable Mayor Adrian O. Mapp.

According to Carl Riley, Public Safety Director, "We are about proactive prevention and the time we spend with our young people today lessens the chance dramatically that we'll have to encounter them in a negative situation further down the road. We are limited by funds and resources, but we'll always make positive experiences with our young people a priority."