Junior Police Academy returns in North Bergen

This year, 49 recruits signed up for six days of police activities

North Bergen students recently participated in this summer’s Junior Police Academy, designed to operate like an actual police academy for kids interested in law enforcement. The program runs from July 11 to July 18.

The Junior Police Academy was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19. However, it made an official return this year in 2022.

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A total of 49 children signed up for the program, the most in its history according to the township. This year’s schedule for the week was jam-packed with activities for the cadets, from physical activities, to informational sessions, and lots of hands-on fun.

The week began on Monday, July 11, with a day of physical training. Chief Peter Fasilis also taught cadets the history of policing.

After that, cadets were treated to a tour of the Police Department headquarters, where they learned about the day-to-day operations of the force.

The cadets were put through physical training in addition to learning about police activities.

They also viewed the Property and Evidence Room, the Bureau of Criminal Identification, the Detective Bureau, the jail holding cells. They also visited the municipal court where they received information from the municipal judge about court operations.

Cadets also learned about the history of policing from the North Bergen Chief of Police.

On the second day, the cadets began with more physical training. Then they spent time at the North Bergen Pistol Range, where they were given a demonstration of a police drone.

A tour of the police headquarters included viewing the holding cells.

They also received tours of the various armored vehicles including: Rescue 1, Rescue 2 and Mobile Command. In addition, the cadets saw a live demonstration of gunfire on the pistol range, and learned about firearm safety.

Police taught the cadets about the drone utilized by the department and its purpose.

Members of the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Department also taught the cadets about firefighting equipment and the trucks used by the Department. There was demonstration of putting out a fire from a car accident, which also included the use of the Jaws of Life by the NHRFR.

Officers demonstrated their shooting skills in a live demonstration at the range.

On day three of the Junior Police Academy, the Cadets received a visit from Hackensack University Medical Center AirMed1, North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Department and North Bergen EMS. The cadets watched the helicopter land on 64th Street Field and given a tour of the chopper.

North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue gave a demonstration to the cadets, letting them use the hose.

Additionally, the North Bergen Police Motor Unit, and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit also gave demonstrations to impressionable youths on “Drug Identification” and “Crime Evidence Collection.”

The AirMed1 was sent to a call as soon as it arrived, but returned after to provide a demonstration to the cadets.

Later in the week, the cadets even took trips out of state. The first was to the 9/11 Memorial and Freedom Tower in New York City. The second trip took the cadets to Washington D.C. to visit the National Law Enforcement Museum and other attractions.

The North Bergen Police Motor Unit discussed pertinent topics with cadets.

The six-day academy also includes overviews of fingerprinting, polygraphs, crime scene processing, defensive tactics, plus physical exercise and training, and much more. It ends Monday, July 18 with a day of swimming and sports games for the cadets at North Bergen’s Pool Complex.

The week was not complete without a visit with the K-9 Unit.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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