SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Police Academy will host a community program for high school seniors on life after graduation, according to   Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Somerset County Police Academy Director Dr. Richard Celeste.

The program is open to all Somerset County high school seniors.

Many seniors will leave home and face new challenges and experiences on the job or on a college campus, often in unfamiliar areas; he Academy will prepare graduates for their new adventures. 

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The three-hour program will be conducted Tuesday, April 11 and again on Thursday, May 4.  Participants need only attend one session, and each session will be limited to 50.

Topics will include victimization, predators, situational awareness, personal safety tips, identifying potential safety issues, dealing with a physical confrontation, being a good witness and basic unarmed defense techniques. It is the intended goal of this program to prepare our graduating seniors with an additional life skill set, namely, the ability to identify potential real world safety concerns and to provide suggestions and training on how to respond to those situations. participants.

Classes will begin at 6 p.m. at the Somerset County Public Safety Center at 402 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough.

Participants should dress in loose, comfortable clothing since the program is interactive. Additionally, a writing instrument and notebook, along with and a bottle of water are also recommended.

Each session is free, and participants must pre-register by Friday, April 7, Parents are also welcome to attend.

Individuals may register by visiting the Somerset County Police Academy website at and click on “Community Events”.

Additionally, the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police is sponsoring its annual five-day Police Youth Week program from July 17-21. This program is free and open to all Somerset County high school students.

For more information about the Police Youth Week program, visit clicking on the “Community Events” tab and then clicking on the tab marked “Police Youth Week.”

For more information about these programs, please contact Detective Brian Giannini, Somerset County Police Academy at (908) 541-5038 or

The Police Academy is operated by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office in cooperation with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police.