On August 23rd, the Sparta Police Department will host its 4th annual Junior Police Academy.  The interactive program, directed towards Sparta youth in grades 5th through 8th, has already hit their maximum number of participants.

 

Sparta Lieutenant John Lamon attributes the growth to the changes made in the program last year, designing it to be more interactive and fun.  Last year’s Academy reached its maximum enrollment just a week before the camp started. This year, they reached it well over a month before.

 

Kids who attended last year participated in crime scene investigation, finger printing, an escape room, canine investigation, and more over the course of the three days.

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As this year’s Academy approaches, Lieutenant Lamon is excited for the new things ahead. “The most fun part for me is changing it up and making new surprises. As long as I’m running things, it will be different every year” Lamon said.

 

The three-day Junior Academy will bring back the State Police helicopter, the escape room, finger printing, challenging kids to use their five senses, crime scene investigation and more. Additionally, there will be air soft guns, targets, and props involved this year.

 

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Police Department will host its fourth annual Junior Police Academy on August 23.  The interactive program, directed towards Sparta youth in grades five through eight, has already hit their maximum number of participants.

Sparta Lieutenant John Lamon attributes the growth of the program to the changes made in the program last year; designing it to be more interactive and fun.  Last year’s Academy reached its maximum enrollment just a week before the camp started. This year, they reached it well over a month before.

Kids who attended last year participated in crime scene investigation, finger printing, an escape room, canine investigation, and more over the course of the three days.

As this year’s Academy approaches, Lamon is excited for the new things ahead.

“The most fun part for me is changing it up and making new surprises. As long as I’m running things, it will be different every year” Lamon said.

The three-day Junior Academy will bring back the State Police helicopter, the escape room, finger printing, challenging kids to use their five senses, crime scene investigation and more. Additionally, there will be air soft guns, targets and props involved this year.

Lamon was clear in sharing the purpose of Sparta Junior Academy’s. Having children of his own, he emphasized the importance of active learning over lecturing.

“I want our Academy to appeal to everyone,” Lamon said. “I want them to learn something but I want them to have fun doing it”.

With the Junior Academy being filled to capacity, Lamon shared plans the department has to give others a chance that missed out on sign ups.  They are currently in the process of organizing a trip for kids to attend a Minor League baseball game with some members of the police department.

Sparta Township can be looking for more of these programs. According to Lamon, “the new chief is very community oriented, looking for more and more of these programs.”

This year’s Junior Police Academy will be held for three days beginning Wednesday, August 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sparta Middle School. At the end of the camp on Friday, there will be an award ceremony for the participants and parents to celebrate their completion and some of the individual’s accomplishments.

Many parents expressed interest in learning what the academy has shown the youth in past years. Lamon discussed the possibility of a day long interactive session for parents to get involved during the winter months.

For additional information regarding this year’s Sparta Junior Police Academy, the pending trip to the Miners game or other Sparta Police Department Community events, contact Lamon by email  or by phone at 973-729-4059. His partner for the upcoming academy, Corporal Joe Antonelli, is also available by e-mail.