Junior Police Academy
The West Orange Police Junior Police Academy was established in 2000 as a joint venture between The West Orange Police Department, The Township of West Orange, and The West Orange Board of Education in a proactive effort to curtail juvenile delinquency and deviant behavior committed by middle school children. The annual West Orange Police Junior Police Academy seeks to foster an understanding for the law and respect among individuals at a critical age of development. The JPA seeks to reduce juvenile delinquency, promote better relations between police officers and youths, to encourage responsible citizenship, to promote good peer behavior and good communication skills through innovative and exciting programming. The goal is for the participants to interact in a scaled down version, pseudo type environment of an actual police academy while having fun in the process. As part of the PRIDE program (Promoting Responsibility In Drug Education) the 'Cadets' will have the opportunity to learn from currently incarcerated model prisoners to understand the ramifications of making poor choices. In the past the program has featured The New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit and New State Police TEAMS Unit to learn about emergency law enforcement responsibilities. Participants also see firsthand how disasters are averted by the Hudson County Corrections Bomb Unit and K-9 Squad. The Cadets get the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities at real Police Training Commission sanctioned Police Academies. The program has also provided the opportunity for many additional field trips to visit other outside law enforcement agencies such as The U.S. Air Marshals and the Morris County Police Academy. The West Orange Police Junior Academy is recognized as a model program and our hope is your child chooses to participate in the worthwhile program.
For information contact the Community Services Unit by emailing Community Policing or call 973-325-4038.