SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka announced today that the department is starting a citizen police academy this fall, according to a press release from the department.

“We have a great partnership with our residents and community members. I want to expand our outreach and engagement by allowing people to see behind the scene of what we do and why,” Hatducka said. “Too often public perception of what we do is based off television or movies. Residents will see and experience the challenges of being a police officer. The academy will strengthen our relationship with the community and provide residents with insight about our work.”

According to the release, the academy will offer training on a range of law enforcement topics including motor vehicle laws, criminal law, and use of force.

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In addition citizens will learn about crime scene processing, defensive tactics, and internal affairs. The Academy will culminate with a day of practical exercises were students will handle simulated motor vehicle stops, disputes, and other realistic scenarios.

The academy will start on Sept. 15, and classes will be held every Tuesday night for 11 weeks in the training center at police headquarters in the municipal complex on Route 522.

“There has been a growing interest both locally and nationally to learn more about how police work,” Hayducka said in the release. “This academy will give our residents better insights into how South Brunswick Police work and foster even strong relationships. We are excited about the opportunity to share our experiences and knowledge with the participants in the Academy.”

According to the release, the academy class size is limited, so residents seeking to attend need to complete their application as soon as possible.

For more information on the academy, or for the application, contact PFC Tara Jairdullo at (732) 329-4000 ext. 7417 or email her at tjairdul@sbtnj.net.