It is with great pride the Manchester Township Police congratulates the graduates of the 2015 Youth Police Academy, the first such week-long event organized by the agency.
Held from August 3-7, 24 students from grades 6, 7 and 8 were introduced to the law enforcement profession and learned through hands-on demonstrations and activities what it means to be a police officer. Led by School Resource Officer Christopher Cerullo, the youth cadets engaged in a variety of activities each day showing them different aspects of law enforcement.
“We’re very proud of our first Youth Police Academy class. In addition to teaching them about what we as officers do on a daily basis, the academy allowed us to connect with these students building relationships and a sense of community,” said SRO Cerullo. “It’s important for children to know that we’re always here for them.”
The youth cadets were taught the history of the Manchester Township Police, interacted with Ocean County Police Academy Cadets during a tour at their Lakewood facility, saw SWAT demonstrations at the Ocean County Fire Academy, and learned about physical fitness, first aid and traffic safety. Additionally, students had the opportunity to meet K-9 Officer Storm and his handler Patrolman Marc Micciulla, who presented a demonstration.
“Our youth cadets learned a lot during their week with us, and I’m proud of their dedication and accomplishments. They’re a great group of kids,” said Chief Lisa Parker.
On Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, the youth cadets celebrated their accomplishments with a graduation ceremony and pizza party. The Manchester Township Police plan to make the Youth Police Academy an annual summer event. Helping to make the Youth Police Academy possible were Patrolmen Arthur Cronk and Patrolmen Patrick Mabie, the Ocean County Police Academy, Ocean County SWAT, and Manchester First Aid and Rescue Squad.