PLAINFIELD, NJ - The New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Week is an educational program that presents simulated law enforcement programs for both male and female students who have completed their junior year and are entering their senior year of high school.
The first Trooper Youth Week summer program was in 1965 when the New Jersey State Police saw an opportunity to develop a program to attract high school students to the New Jersey State Police. Current summer programs contain core components that had been featured in that initial one.
The 2017 activities will include lectures and presentations covering many facets of police work and criminal justice. Participants will experience a disciplined environment, including military drill in combination with structured fast moving programs of classroom activities, lectures, films, practical exercises and physical training, simulating the NJSP recruit training experience.
The program emphasizes courtesy, professionalism, respect and teamwork. Subject matters presented include:
- History and functions of the New Jersey State Police
- Crime scene investigation techniques
- Motor Vehicle Law and Safety
- How to respond assertively in communicating their individual choices
- How laws concerning alcohol and other drug related behavior affect young people
There are two programs available this summer:
- July 17 - 21, 2017
- July 24 - 28, 2017
Nomination forms are due by May 15, 2017.
To qualify for the program, high school students must have successfully completed their junior year of High School (11th grade) and have satisfied the requirements to enter their senior year (12th grade). Sophomores who are currently 17 years of age may also be eligible. Students must not have reached their 18th birthday prior to the graduation date of their Trooper Youth Week class.
To learn more, and to download required forms, visit the Trooper Youth Week website.