UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan congratulated the graduates of the 2016 Union County Sheriff’s Youth Police Academy during a ceremony at the Rahway High School Performing Arts Center on Monday night.  More than 90 middle and high school students from throughout Union County participated in this year’s program.

Recruits in the youth academy received hands-on experience in a wide variety of emergency services and law enforcement functions and training.  In addition, the youths had the opportunity to learn respect for law enforcement through positive interaction during their time in the program.

During the two-week program, the teens engaged in a physical training regime twice a day while attending lectures on subjects such as crime scene investigations, K-9 and motor vehicle stops.

Through class trips and visits by guest speakers, the recruits met with representatives from the Elizabeth Police Department, the Union County Police Department, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Union County Corrections, the Union County SWAT Team, the New Jersey State Police, NJ department of Corrections, Elizabeth EMS, the Kenilworth Police Department, the Hillside Police Department, the Roselle Police Department and the Cranford Police Department.