SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Police Academy will host a 5-day "Police Youth Week" this summer to introduce high school students to a career in law enforcement and to develop positive interaction between the students and the law enforcement community.
The program will be held from July 18,-July 22 daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy, 402 Roycefield Road Hillsborough Township, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
The goals of the program are to introduce high school students to a career in law enforcement and to develop positive interaction between the students and members of the law enforcement community.
The program is modeled after the highly successful Somerset County Police Academy Recruit Training Program which trained police recruits up until 2014, according to Academy Director Dr. Richard Celeste.
Instruction will be provided by Police Academy staff members and police officers from participating local police departments. The program is being sponsored by the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
Participation in Police Youth Week will provide the attending student with an overview of various components of the criminal justice field. according to Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano and Somerset County Chiefs of Police President, William Parenti, of the North Plainfield Police Department.
The program will involve both classroom and practical based exercises providing the student with not only an academic understanding but also a “hands-on” experience. The program changes every year and is based on a four year curriculum to encourage the student to participate in the program the following year. It should be understood that due to the course design, it is not necessary to attend a previous year in order to attend the following year program.
The program is open to those students who are residents of Somerset County or are enrolled in a secondary school within the County, and those who are entering 9th grade through graduating seniors.
Since 1996, this successful community program has been funded by the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police, and as such, there will be no cost for the program participants.
Registration forms must be received by June 1, 2016.
To register for the program, candidates can download the registration form by visiting www.somersetcountypoliceacademy.com. Forms are also available at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy/Police Academy.
Detective Sgt. William Brown, the program’s coordinator, can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 908-541-5035.