Registration for the 2024 Manchester Township Police Youth Academy is now open!

The Manchester Township Police Department will be sponsoring a Youth Police Academy this summer for Manchester Township students entering grades 6th, 7th and 8th as of September 2024. The Youth Police Academy will be held at the Manchester Township Police headquarters from Monday, August 5, through Thursday, August 8, 2024.

The Youth Police Academy is not a “boot camp” for troubled youth, but a camp designed to operate like an actual police academy for those interested in law enforcement.

The objective of the Youth Police Academy is to educate the cadets with various police procedures, history of the Manchester Township Police, tours of the police headquarters, a field trip to Ocean County Police and Fire Academy, and provide them with a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to succeed in the profession of law enforcement.

Cadets should be prepared for an experience spanning a wide variety of law enforcement techniques and training. We place strong emphasis on self-respect, respect of others, teamwork, and commitment to one’s goals. This will be accomplished through structured events which will be offered in a fun, informative, interactive, educational and hands-on manner. The curriculum will consist of educational activities as well as physical training activities.


1. Completed application. Applications must be completed in black ink and signed.
Applications may also be obtained at the Police Records window. 
2. Completed medical certification form
3. Signed medical release form and civil liability form
4. Signed media release form
5. Completed essay question
6. Must be a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student by September of 2024. Must be a Manchester Township resident

Applications MUST be submitted no later than July 10, 2024, to Manchester Township Police headquarters.

If you are accepted to the Youth Police Academy you will receive notification from the Manchester Township Police. Please bring all required information to the below address:
Manchester Township Police Headquarters
1 Colonial Drive
Manchester Twp. NJ 08759

Anyone with questions can contact Sgt. Keith Craig at 732-657-2009, ext. 4204.