Registration for the 2019 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 2019. The Youth Police Academy will be held at the Manchester Township Police headquarters from July 22-25, 2019.

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 objectives of the Youth Police Academy are educating cadets about various police procedures and the history of the Manchester Township Police; providing tours of the police headquarters and a field trip to the New Jersey State Police Museum and Learning Center; and instilling 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 (Click Here to Download the Youth Academy Application Packet or Pick Up from Police Headquarters, Records Window). Applications must be completed in black ink and signed.
  2. One letter of recommendation from a teacher or principal
  3. Completed medical certification form
  4. Signed medical release form and civil liability form
  5. Signed media release form
  6. Completed essay question
  7. Must be a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student by September of 2019. Must be a Manchester Township resident

Applications MUST be submitted no later than July 5, 2019, to Manchester Township Police headquarters. Please bring all required information to the following address:

Manchester Township Police Headquarters
1 Colonial Drive
Manchester, NJ 08759

If you are accepted to the Youth Police Academy you will receive notification from the Manchester Township Police.

Application Packets may also be picked up at the Main Office of the Township Elementary Schools as well as the Middle School, and at the Manchester Township Police Records window during normal business hours.

Anyone with questions can contact Ptl. Chris Cerullo at 732-657-2009, ext. 4201.