Winslow Township Police Department hosting Junior Police Academies

The academies will take place in July. The purpose is to provide young citizens with an introduction to law enforcement.

The Winslow Township Police Department will be hosting two weeklong Junior Police Academies. The purpose of the Junior Police Academy is to provide young citizens with an introduction to law enforcement. Their goal is to motivate young people to be outstanding citizens and empower them to act as a positive influence in our community. It will also transform the traditional role of the police officer into a mentor and a friend, while encouraging our young citizens to be partners in building safer schools and communities.

The academies will be broken up into Tier 1 and Tier 2. In order to be eligible for Tier 2, applicants must have already completed the Tier 1 program during a previous year.

The Tier 1 Junior Police Academy will cover a multitude of topics to include but not limited to, history of law enforcement, gangs, motor vehicle law, DWI enforcement, teens and drug use, crime scene and evidentiary processing, fire/EMS services, CPR training, K-9, and SWAT. Each day will end with an hour of light physical training and military drill.

Below are the qualifications and requirements to participate:

· must be a Winslow Township resident

· must be 11–14 years old

· must be recommended by a sponsor (high school principal, guidance department, law enforcement agency, a community representative, coach or religious leader)

· must be in good academic standing

· must be able to participate in physical fitness activities

· must be able to participate in a structured program

· have no criminal background

The Tier 2 Junior Police Academy will cover similar topics as the Tier 1 program on a more advanced level. In addition to those topics, new additional topics will be covered. Each day will end with a more intense level of physical training and military drill.

Below are the qualifications and requirements to participate:

· must be a Winslow Township resident

· must be 12–15 years old

· must have completed the Tier 1 Academy during a previous year

· must be recommended by a sponsor (high school principal / guidance department, law enforcement agency, a community representative, coach, or religious leader)

· must be in good academic standing

· must be able to participate in physical fitness activities

· must be able to participate in a structured program

· have no criminal background

Tier 1 will is July 17 through 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tier 2 will is July 24 through 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. four of those days and 2 p.m. through 10 p.m. the remaining day. Both academies will take place at the Winslow Township Police Department, 125 South Rt. 73, Braddock.

Applications are available at the Winslow Township Police Department between 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Tier 1 Academy is limited to 35 participants. The Tier 2 Academy is limited to 20 participants. Completed applications must be turned into the police department in person by the deadline of June 1 at 4 p.m.

For more information on the Winslow Township Police Department Junior Police Academy, please contact Lt. Christopher Dubler via email at cdubler@winslowpd.com or at (609) 567–0700 ext. 1136.