To the editor:

On behalf of the South Plainfield Police Department, I wanted to take a moment to recognize those that were instrumental to the success of the South Plainfield Junior Police Academy (SPJPA) that was held August 5-9, 2019.  The 5th and 6th-grade SPJPA cadets spent the first four days at the South Plainfield PAL Building and Veterans Park and concluded their week with a graduation ceremony at Borough Hall/Police Headquarters.  Throughout the week, the cadets experienced a condensed age-appropriate version of the police recruit training that our new hires go through in the police academy; some of the various topics covered were handled by instructors, volunteers, and those who offered personal time and experience to help the cadets gain a better understanding of many foundational skills a police officer requires.  

  

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A special thank you goes out to the following people:

AKA Incorporated, South Plainfield location

Greg Hoffman, Nancy McMahon, and Pete Rachwal- South Plainfield Recreation

Joseph Abbruzzese, Kevin Bulla, John Calvey, Ed Laferrera, and Justus Philibert- South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department

Holly Laferrera and Mehr Tamboly- South Plainfield Volunteer Rescue Squad

Trooper Jay Botti- New Jersey State Police, Teams Unit 

Flight Medic Elizabeth Dalton, Flight Nurse Casey Schill, and Pilot Jim Thomas- Atlantic Flight Crew

AMT Dylan Melton, AST Joe Glaser-Reich, AST Spencer Grinnell, and Lt. John Decastra- United States Coast Guard

Aaron Everitt, Emily Luersen, and Megan Mehl- SPJPA Junior Officers

Det. Mike Glowacki, Officer Joe Indano, Officer Justin Melanson, and Officer Zack Melanson- South Plainfield Police Department, SPJPA Instructors  

Sgt. Mark Bullock & Blitz and Officer Mike Grasso & Kaiser - South Plainfield Police Department, K-9 Unit

Officer Tony Grasso and Officer Daryl Strother- South Plainfield Police Department

Anne Daley- South Plainfield Borough Hall

 

In addition to those mentioned above, I would also like to thank the South Plainfield Police Athletic League for donating the uniforms, drawstring bags, and pizza, as well as Chief James Parker, Captain Daniel Noonan, and Lieutenant Wendell Born for the support and flexibility necessary to make the SPJPA a success.

 

Det. Sgt. Christopher Colucci

South Plainfield Police, Juvenile Division