UNION, NJ – Moving into the next phase of their lives, three young adults recently graduated from the Union Police Department’s Explorers Program.

Explorers in good standing graduate from the program once they reach 18 or finish their senior year in high school.  The Explorer graduates are:  Arielle E. Roman, Jibran Absarulislam, and Zachary E. Jones.

To the graduates, Union Police Captain Christopher Donnelly said, “you all have reached an important milestone in your lives, but remember that you are our future. Work hard, be bold, be courageous, be honorable, never stop learning, and always be humble.”

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Roman is headed to Centenary University.  “From National Night Out to Santa-in-Blue to the Holiday Tree Lighting, all of it was a great experience to me,” said Roman.  “The bonds that I have made with police officers and Explorers will remain one of my favorite high school memories.”

“The Union Police Department Explorer Program is a great way for high school students to get involved with the community in a totally different way,” said Absarulislam, who will be attending NJIT in the fall.

Quotes: “I absolutely loved this program,” said Jones.  “I made some of my best friends and best memories being involved in the Explorer Program. I have learned so much, and I will remember it all and always.”  Jones is headed to the University of Rhode Island in September.

“We wish you all continued success in your next chapter, added Donnelly.  “You all should be very proud of yourselves because we are proud of each and everyone one of you.”

The Union Explorers Program participants are high school students interested in law enforcement as a possible career.  Explorers receive training in CPR, traffic control, accident investigations, crime prevention, communications and assist the Township with community events.