Summit Police Youth Academy Graduates Class of 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013 • 12:15pm
SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Police Department’s Youth Academy, an increasingly popular program designed to provide area youth with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the role of the police officer, has graduated 54 cadets from the Youth Academy's July / August sessions. The graduation ceremony, marking the ninth season of the program, was attended by Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson, Summit Police Chief Robert Weck, members of the Summit Common Council, as well as by the cadets' family members.
Ranging in age from 11 to 14, the cadets experienced the same type of drills and physical training that the men and women receive in today’s police academies. In addition to receiving overviews of criminal investigations, evidence recovery and patrol tactics, the cadets are provided with hands on scenario training in which they process crime scenes, conduct high risk motor vehicle stops, and even have an opportunity to experience some of the difficulties of emergency vehicle operation by driving golf carts alongside their instructor.
During their visit to the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains, the cadets utilize the same obstacle course used by police recruits, receive unarmed defense instruction and undergo firearms simulator training which demonstrates the split-second decisions that police officers must frequently make. The cadets also attend demonstrations from various specialized units that are available to law enforcement, such as the Union County K-9 Unit, SWAT team, Bomb Squad and the Summit Fire Department.
Summit Police Chief Robert Weck commented that “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. 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.” Specifically, Chief Weck thanked Det. Matthew Buntin, the Academy’s Program Director, Pamela Ferreira, Academy Secretary, Police Officer Gerald McDermott, lead instructor, Police Officers Ryan Stanek, Charlie Daly, Leland Griffin and Paulo Santos, police interns Stephanie Mosakowski, Dave Helsaback and Nick Mueller and former Youth Academy graduates Danielle Crosson and Will Zagorski. Present for the first time were representatives of the Springfield Police Department, Officers Ryan Westover and Frank Cunha, who were observing the Summit Police Youth Academy in preparation for inaugurating their own program.
The Summit Police Youth Academy expressed its gratitude the John H. Stamler Police Academy, the Summit Fire Department and the Union County specialized units for their assistance, and also thanked The Grand Summit Hotel for providing transportation to the Police Academy every year since the Youth Academy’s inception, and Canoe Brook Country Club for the use of their golf carts.
JULY GRADUATESEvan Deutsch
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