Each year the Tinton Falls Police Department organizes a Junior Police Academy program in which students from 7th grade through 10th grade are selected for a three week course where they are introduced to the world of law enforcement. The venue for the cadets to meet every morning was generously hosted by the Ranney School on Hope Road in Tinton Falls.

This year we had 24 cadets who were enrolled in the program which began on Monday, July 23rd and ended with a graduation on Friday, August 10th.

The Junior Police Academy is designed to increase the cadet's self-confidence and understanding of team work.  During the three-week program the cadets spend their mornings marching followed by a class on one of the many aspects of law enforcement.  The afternoon is carried out with a physical training session.  The cadets obtain experiences in K-9 training, traffic safety, the court system, forensic studies, narcotics, water rescue, fire science and the SWAT team. 

There are also trips to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Monmouth County's 911 call center and courthouse, a pistol range and a Blue Claws baseball game. The students are also certified by the American Red Cross in CPR.

At the end of the 3 weeks there is a graduation ceremony where each cadet receives a certificate for completing the program. Other awards are given such as leadership, best in uniform, most determined (male and female), firearms (male and female) and physical training (male and female).

This is a wonderful program for our youngsters which could very well lead them to a career in law enforcement in the future. We congratulate our 2012 cadets for their participation in the Junior Police Academy and we thank the Tinton Falls Police Dept for their continued dedication to the cadets and to the program.

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