Mayor’s Message: Citizens Police Academy with the VTPD

In an ongoing effort to partner with our community to keep our families safe, the Voorhees Township Police Department will host its 5th Annual Citizens Police Academy

In an ongoing effort to partner with our community to keep our families safe, the Voorhees Township Police Department will host its 5th Annual Citizens Police Academy.

The Academy will begin on Tuesday, March 10 and will continue most Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., concluding with a graduation ceremony on May 12 (final dates TBA). The exact schedule will be distributed to accepted applicants.

The training will take place at Voorhees Police Headquarters and several off-site locations. The course will offer our residents an inside look at the training and behind the scenes activities that make the Voorhees Police Department function in a professional, effective and efficient manner on a daily basis.

The course will cover:

  • Firearms Simulator Training
  • Crime Scene Investigation/Mock Crime Scene
  • A Tour of our Police Headquarters
  • Patrol/Investigation Bureaus
  • K-9 Unit Demonstrations including a meet and greet with our police dogs
  • Police Use of Force/Police Stress
  • Central Communications Center (911) Tour
  • Traffic Unit/Mock Car Stops
  • Internal Affairs/Body Worn Cameras
  • Community Affairs/School Safety/Domestic Violence

The academy will host up to 30 Voorhees residents, ages 18 and over. Applicants will be required to successfully pass a background examination including a warrants check, NCIC, driver’s license check and NJ Interstate Criminal History check. Those who are accepted will be notified via email. Selected applicants must also complete a waiver of liability form.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Residents can apply for the Citizens Police Academy by visiting our police website at www.vtpd.com/about-us/community-collaboration/citizen-police-academy/. For more information, please contact Sergeant Derek Hawkins at dhawkins@vtpd.comor at (856) 882-1104.

Our community members who have attended previous academies report having a wonderful and educational experience. They learned about community policing and had some fun along the way.

** Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year will take place at each neighborhood elementary school on the following dates: Wednesday, March 4 for last names beginning with the letters A-L, Wednesday, March 18 for last names beginning with the letters M-Z and Wednesday, March 25 for make-up registrations. Each registration will run from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Contact the local school with any questions.

** The Voorhees Arts Council is offering a miniature paint party on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Learn how to carefully create two miniature paintings with great detail. The Art Party is at the Voorhees Art Center located in the Voorhees Town Center Mall behind the Food Court. The cost is$20 and BYOB. For more information and to reserve your spot, contact Marianne at marianne@marianneleone.com.