UNION, NJ – Recruits in Union’s Junior Police Academy began their morning with instruction on drill and ceremony techniques, such as how to salute and march.  Then they heard about and watched demonstrations from the Union County Narcotics Task Force and the Sheriff’s K-9 officers.  

“I think it’s fun,” said Malayna, 11. “It’s cool because we can see and experience what police officers do in their job.  I’ve made new friends and the instructors are nice.”

The afternoon was dedicated to motor vehicle traffic stops.  Recruits first sat in a classroom setting to prepare for the motor vehicle stop sessions later in the day.  Recruits learned examples of different moving violations and:

  • Preparation required for making the stop; activation of the emergency lights and sirens and positions of vehicles once they pull over.
  • Advising headquarters of the stop.
  • How to exit a patrol car and how to approach the suspect vehicle.
  • How contact is made including the introduction of the officer, the reason for the stop, and the request for documents.
  • How officers scan the interior of the vehicle for potential threats.
  • How officers return to the patrol car to complete the summons, check warrants, etc.
  • How to close out the stop.

Recruits spent time outside in simulated motor vehicles stops, practicing what they had learned in the classroom, including handcuffing and arresting suspects.