SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Police Department will hold its 2020 Youth Academy beginning July 20. Open children ages 11-14, applications are being accepted through May 1. Two, one-week sessions will be held: session number one is from July 20 - 24, and session two is from July 27 - 31.

Each daily session runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with all cadets provided an official Summit Police Youth Academy uniform to wear during the course. Upon successful completion of program, cadets participate in a graduation ceremony and receive a certificate of completion, official Summit Police Youth Academy patch, and DVD with photos taken during their session.

Now in its sixteenth season, the program provides area youth with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the role of the police officer in the community. Modeled after actual Union County Police Academy curriculum, recruits undergo physical training, drill and ceremony training, instruction in criminal investigation techniques, and evidence recovery and patrol practices. Cadets visit the Union County Police Academy and attend demonstrations from the police canine unit, SWAT team and bomb squad.

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Applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis with preference given to Summit residents who are first-time applicants; former recruits and out-of-town applicants may be placed on a waiting list. To be considered, a tuition fee of $100 must accompany each application. A limited number of scholarships are available to those experiencing financial hardship.

Applications are available by visiting and-or stopping by the Summit Police Department in City Hall (512 Springfield Avenue) or Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (272 Morris Avenue). 

For more information, please contact Detective Sergeant Ryan Peters at / 908-273-5871 or Lauren Montanya at 908-277-9473.