CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia
Wayne Avery
Public Information Officer




Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich today announced the creation of the Sheriff’s Youth Academy designed to familiarize children with the role of a Sheriff’s Officer, and that will also operate similar to an actual police academy for those interested in law enforcement.

The two week program, which will meet daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains, begins on Monday, August 3rd and concludes on Friday,
August 14th.

“The youth academy will teach our youth about law enforcement, what a Sheriff’s office does, and is a great first step for those interested in the field of law enforcement,” Sheriff Ralph Froehlich said.  “Showing them the human element of law enforcement will help our young people connect with the men and women in a way they never thought they could.”

The Sheriff’s Youth Academy is not a ‘boot camp’ for troubled youth, Froehlich said. Participants in the Youth Academy will receive hands-on experience in a wide variety of emergency services and law enforcement functions and training.  In addition, youth will have the opportunity to learn respect for law enforcement through positive interaction during their attendance in the program. Participants will be provided with uniform attire at no cost. Uniforms must be worn each day and should be kept clean and neat.

“In his many years in law enforcement, Sheriff Froehlich has been an innovator in developing outreach programs,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “This Academy will help youngsters see the many sides of law enforcement, and encourage them to pursue a career in public service. We encourage interested youth to apply and learn about law enforcement.”

Youngsters enrolled in high school, between 14 and 17 years of age can apply. Applicants also must have a minimum GPA of 2.70 (B- average); obtain consent of a parent or guardian; obtain medical release notes from a physician.

Also to be included with the application is an essay, limited to one typewritten, double-spaced page, explaining why the student would like to attend the Union County Sheriff’s Youth Academy; two letters of reference; a copy of most recent report card.

The deadline for applications are June 29, 2009. Applications can be obtained from school guidance counselors, or by calling the Sheriff’s Identification Bureau at 908-558-2630. All completed applications will be reviewed to ensure each applicant meets the requirements.