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Springfield Police Academy Recruits Get a Visit from State Trooper Helicopter

Springfield Police Academy with members of Springfield Police Department and New Jersey State Troopers in front of Helicopter Credits: Geri Bujnowski
State Trooper Helicopter Landing Credits: Geri Bujnowski

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The weeklong Junior Police Academy Camp was visited by a State Police Helicopter on Thursday. It landed in Meisel Park at 1 p.m. on Thursday to the delight of the 22 “recruits”.  

The purpose of the landing was explained by Officer Westover, “The goal of the visit was to promote the concept of teamwork. For example, in the case of a major accident, Public Safety officials rely on mutual aid, The State Police, County Police, the First Aid Squad, etc.”

After the helicopter landed, Springfield Police, State Troopers and Springfield Junior Police gathered around the helicopter for a picture.  Township Committeewoman Geri Bujnowski said, “Great to see our junior police “recruits” learning about all the different jobs there are available in police work.  The State Police chopper pilots were awesome.”

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The Police Academy camp ran for a week starting on July 31st. The program runs from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Springfield residents get first priority, but children from Westfield and Livingston also attended. This camp has been run for four years. It gives children a sense of what it would be like to be a police officer. This year’s class consisted of 18 boys and four girls.

The Springfield Police Department sent out an alert early yesterday afternoon, “Be advised a helicopter will be landing in Springfield at approximately 1 p.m. as part of a Police training exercise.  There is no cause of alarm.”

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