STAFFORD - The Stafford Township Police Department hosted the 2019 Youth Police Academy on July 8-12.  This Academy focused on a number of special skills and training for students aspiring to careers in law enforcement. 

The 2019 class was the largest in the history of the academy with 36 recruits.  The recruits got to experience what it is like in a typical day at the police academy. 

On the first day, the cadets received training in military etiquette from Stafford Officer John Morrin, who shared his United States Marine Corps experience with the students. 

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On day two, after the morning physical therapy session, the cadets were off to the Stafford Volunteer Fire Company where they participated in a Fireman’s Challenge, competing in teams against each other and then their instructors.  Officer Pascale gave a motorcycle demonstration, learned about the use of drones in law enforcement and operated handheld radar  under the watch of Officer Jillson.

On day three, the cadets boarded a bus to the Waretown Fire Academy where they received demonstrations on SWAT training, equipment, and tactics from the Ocean County Regional Swat Team. The second part of the afternoon they spent as guests at the NJ State Police Marine Unit Sub-station, also located in Waretown. There they learned all about the different vessels utilized by the New Jersey State Police and were treated to rides in the Barnegat Bay.

On day 4, the youth began the day with a physical training competition.  Detective Smith and Detective Mulch taught all about crime investigations.  They received a mid-morning tour of an ambulance with Stafford EMS. After lunch Officer Stanziano led an instruction on DWI enforcement, and the recruits were given the opportunity to operate pedaled carts through a coned course while wearing “Fatal Vision” goggles. The recruits ended the day with an important lesson on “situational awareness” after they were given a surprise attack of water balloons by the instructors.

Day five, Graduation Day was a big day of celebration and congratulations to the Stafford Township Youth Police Academy Class of 2019.  

The students fantastic instructors wrote:

"This has been an amazing group of cadets and we are so proud of all you have accomplished this week!! Thank you Stafford Township Mayor Myhre and council members for coming out to support us. Also to Fusaro’s Pizza for their generous donation on Graduation Day and for their ongoing support for our youth events."