Mayors Message: Sixth Annual Junior Police Academy

This program teaches our young people from the age of 12 to 17 to appreciate and respect the duties and life of a police officer

The Voorhees Township Police Department will be holding it’s 6th Annual Junior Police Academy from July 22 through July 26.

This program teaches our young people from the age of 12 to 17 to appreciate and respect the duties and life of a police officer. The academy will also give the participants, who may have dreams of becoming a police officer, a taste of police life.

The program is limited to 25 cadets who will participate in drill and ceremony (marching), physical fitness training by certified police academy fitness instructors, hands-on patrol tactics training through mock scenarios and car stops, and see a demonstration from our K-9 Unit. During the week, the cadets will also receive a tour of the Juvenile Detention Center and will see demonstrations from various special units, including the crime scene unit. All of the instructors will be Voorhees Township Police Officers and the cadets will report each day to our police station.

The candidate selection process includes checks with family, neighbors and schools to ensure the applicant will be a positive addition to the learning environment for other students and will not have an issue with following directions in a para-military style academy experience. All uniform requirements must be followed.  Failure to follow Junior Police Academy rules or instructor directions will result in the cadet being dismissed from the program.

This program is meant for youths who are considering a career in law enforcement. Applicants who have not already participated in the program will be given preference.

Upon successful completion of the academy, each cadet will receive a certificate at a graduation ceremony.

Applications will be accepted from June 3 through the end of business on June 28 and must be submitted online at www.vtpd.com/jpa.. Due to limited space, applicants will be notified if they have been selected to attend. A meeting will be scheduled with parents prior to the academy once applicants are chosen for the program. The application and related forms can be found on our website by following the link included in this message. Applicants must be residents of Voorhees Township.

Interested parents and applicants can contact Sgt. Derek Hawkins at (856) 882-3466 (dhawkins@vtpd.com). Applications and forms for the Junior Police Academy can be found at www.vtpd.com/jpa.

**On Tuesday, June 4, the Voorhees Arts Center is conducting an Art Party for our community youth, ages 8 and up. Parents can drop off children to experience many different art activities including painting, sketching, photography and beading. The Art Party is at the Voorhees Art Center located in the Voorhees Town Center Mall behind the Food Court and continues from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. The cost is $10. For more information and to pre-register, contact Marianne at (609) 315-6218. These sessions are led by experienced art teachers. Thanks to Columbia Bank Foundation and Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission for aiding in funding this event.

** The Primary Election is June 4. The voting locations can be viewed at the Voorhees Township website www.voorheesnj.com. If you have any questions about your polling place or voter registration information, contact our Municipal Clerk at (856) 429-7757 or at clerk@voorheesnj.com.

**The first show in the Summer Concert Series is Thursday, June 20, and will feature Asbury Fever Band,recreating the popular Jersey shore sounds of the 70’s and 80’s. The band includes a three-piece horn section and covers such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Bon Jovi and Little Steven. Asbury Fever Bandcaptures the intensity of these legendary Jersey artists.ThefreeshowisatConnollyPark and begins at 7:30 p.m. The “Beer Garden” and food trucks open at 6:30p.m.