The Union County Sheriff’s Office will be holding its annual youth academy this summer. This is a FREE program that is designed to provide the youths in our communities the opportunity to gain insight into the everyday functions and training of the variety of law enforcement agencies and emergency services in our government. The youth academy is not a boot camp for troubled youth. It is a program offered to students who have an interest in law enforcement. The daily curriculum includes physical training, hands on learning, demonstrations from specialized units such as the SWAT Team, K-9, State Police and Federal Agencies. The cadets also get the experience of class trips to agencies that include the Fire Academy, US Marshals, FBI, and Correctional Facilities to name a few.

The Sheriff’s Youth Academy is not a “boot camp” for troubled youth. It is designed to operate like an actual academy for those interested in law enforcement. The academy will introduce participants to a hands-on experience of a wide variety of emergency services and law enforcement functions and training. Participants will undergo daily training in Drill and Ceremony to teach values and the importance of working as a team. This educational program will provide youth with an opportunity to learn respect for our laws while teaching them about their roles and responsibilities as citizens. It will provide powerful insight into a possible career path that can only be obtained by staying clear of trouble and performing well in their academic studies.

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Eligibility Criteria

  1. Students currently enrolled in Grades 7th & 8th (July 10– July 14) or Grades 9th – 12th (July 17– July 28)
  2. Have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.70 (B – Average)
  3. Obtain consent of a parent(s) or guardian (located in application)
  4. Obtain medical release forms (located in application) from your Physician.
  5. One page referral letter from non-family member

About the Academy

On behalf of Sheriff Joseph Cryan, I am pleased to announce that the Union County Sheriff’s Office will be directing our 9th annual Youth Police Academy Program from July 10, 2017 through July 28, 2017. The program is open to currently enrolled students in grades 7th-8th (July 10– July 14) and 9th-12th (July 17–July 28). Any student in grades 7th-12th in Union County may apply.

  1. The goal of the program is to familiarize youth with the role of a Police Officer.
  2. It will introduce participants to a hands-on experience of a wide variety of law enforcement functions as well as the various types of emergency services and the training that is required.
  3. Participants will have the opportunity to gain a deeper respect for our laws. They will experience positive interactions with different facets of our justice system.

What Subjects will be Covered

  • Military Etiquette
  • Drill and Ceremony
  • Physical Fitness Training
  • Basic First Aid & Fire Safety
  • Police Baton Training
  • Firearms Safety
  • Handcuffing Techniques
  • Self Defense
  • Basic Crime Scene Investigation
  • Fingerprinting
  • Sheriff’s Canine Demonstration
  • and more……

What is the Application Procedure?

The entire application package including all waivers must be filled out and returned by the application deadline of May 29, 2017 for consideration. One letter of reference is also required. This letters should include name, relationship, occupation, years they’ve known you, address, phone number, etc. Provide a copy of your most recent report card. Applicants must currently be in the grades of 7th-12th to be eligible. *If you are home-schooled, please provide explanation of equivalent. Email for additional information at: Thalpin@ucnj.org

Where do I get an Application?

Applications can be downloaded by clicking here or by calling Sergeant Tara Halpin at thalpin@ucnj.org.

Advisory

The Sheriff’s Youth Academy will adhere to a strict paramilitary code of conduct. All recruits will be expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the rules and guidelines of the John H. Stamler Police Academy. Recruits will be required to participate to the best of their abilities in all scheduled activities. At any time the program director may terminate a recruit from participating in the Sheriff’s Youth Academy for non compliance with the rules set forth in the Academy guidelines.

Application Information

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Applications will be sent to the attention of:
Sergeant Tara Halpin Union County Sheriff’s Office Administration Building, 1st Floor 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth, NJ 07207

Eligibility Criteria

Any Union County student currently enrolled in grades 7th-12th. All applications must have a minimum GPA of 2.70 (B- average). Also, all applicants must have their parents/guardians sign all waivers, obtain a medical release note from their physician and have a one page referral from a non-family member. Applications may be obtained by calling or emailing Sheriff’s Officer Tara Halpin at thalpin@ucnj.org. All completed applications will be reviewed to ensure that each applicant meets the requirements.

Fee Information

This is a free program! Uniforms and all supplies will be provided for the cadets. Transportation to and from the facilities are the responsibility of the parents/guardians. Lunch will not be provided due to dietary and special nutritional needs/allergies.