Fifty-eight cadets, ages 11-14, in two separate classes recently graduated from the Summit Police Department's Youth Academy, a program designed to provide area youth with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the role of the police officer.
Cadets experience the same types of drills and physical training that men and women receive in today’s police academies. During their visit to the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains, the cadets utilized the same obstacle course used by police recruits, received unarmed self-defense instruction, and underwent firearms simulator training which demonstrates the split-second decisions that police officers must frequently make.
In addition, cadets receive overviews of criminal investigations, evidence recovery and patrol tactics, and are provided with hands-on scenario training in which they process crime scenes, conduct high-risk motor vehicle stops and even have an opportunity to experience some of the difficulties of emergency vehicle operation by driving golf carts alongside their instructor. The cadets also attended demonstrations from various specialized units that are available to law enforcement such as the Union County K-9 Unit, SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, and the Summit Fire Department.
The following cadets graduated from the 2017 Summit Police Youth Academy Session 1:  Brian Axtell, Jeffrey Bello, Breanne Bowman, Fisher Cantone, Omar Cepeda, Nathan Cho, Carter Frey, Sebastian Gonzalez, Luke Harris, Bennett Harvey, Stephen Hofheinz, Joshua Kettles, Kealon Knight, Alexander Lee, Catherine Lees, Keith Mahatamachai, Felipe Muro, Kyle Navarro, Parker Nicholson, Gordon Oatman, Matthew Oatman, Nicholas Polivko, Olivia Reichart, Arianna Rodriguez, Jake Ruggiero, Lauren Sexton, Derek Schroeder, and Jack Zotti.

The following cadets graduated from the 2017 Summit Police Youth Academy Session 2:  Skyler Allen, Dorottya Balazs, Gergo Balazs, William Bermel, Rowan Carpenter, Madison DeGennaro, James Conigliaro, Mark Conigliaro, Robert Fisk, John Fix, Diego Huaita, Maire Jarebowska, Lucas Kohaut, Thomas Kohaut, Kaitlyn Marin, Brendan Melendez, Christopher Moglia, Marek Muzyka, Paula Navas, Dylan Orduz, Ryan Palacios, Jake Procaccini, Andrew Reyes-Cano, Nathaniel Roberts, George Rocano, Paul Rubinshteyn, John-Paul Scaramella, Jackson Staub, Devin Tapia, Rayan Verma.
Summit Snaps captures images in, around, and about the Hilltop City. Got a picture?... Send it -- along with the appropriate photo credit -- to