On Aug. 2, 54 candidates graduated the Summit Police Youth Academy, where
they learned the role of police officer.
The popular program was designed to teach Summit youth the role of a police officer. Candidates ranged from ages 11 to 14 and went through a variety of drills and physical training that police academies use today.
“The mission of the Summit Police Youth Academy is to familiarize our area youth with the role of the police officer and provide them the opportunity to learn respect for the law, personal responsibility and the importance of teamwork, all through positive interaction with local police officers and exposure to the challenges of responsibility of police work,” Summit Police Chief Robert Weck said. “We believe that we are accomplishing this year after year and are extremely proud of our graduates as well as the officers involved with the program.”
Chief Weck, council members and family, surrounded the candidates as they graduated the academy after the July and August sessions.
Each cadet was taught an overview of criminal investigations, evidence recovery and patrol tactics, as well as hands on scenario training involving processing crime scenes and conducting high-risk motor vehicle stops. They also drove golf cars along their instructor to understand some of the difficulties of emergency vehicle operation.
The Academy visited John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains during their session, where they participated on the obstacle course, received unarmed defense instruction and underwent firearms simulation training. They also received specialized demonstrations from units such as the Union County K-9 Unit, SWAT team, Bomb Squad and the Summit Fire Department.
Congratulations to the following graduates of the academy:
JEAN NATHAN REYES
DANIELLE DEL ROSSO
NICOLE DEL ROSSO
REBECCA DEL ROSSO