Junior Police Academy to be held July 16-20

The Denville Police Department will be holding our annual Junior Police Academy from July 16th through July 20th.  This year’s Academy will be held at Morris Knolls High School located at 50 Knoll Drive, Rockaway, NJ.

Enrollment for the Academy will be restricted to 75 recruits.  All applicants must be Denville residents who are in the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade.  Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  The first 75 applications received will determine who is accepted to this year’s recruit class.  Any applications received after the first 75 will be placed on a waiting list.  If any of the first 75 applicants decide not to participate, the waiting list will then be used to fill any openings.  The waiting list will also function on a first come, first served basis.

The application may be picked up at Denville Police Headquarters or downloaded from the Junior Police Academy page.  All returned applications and attached waivers/releases should be filled out completely.  Doctor forms can be turned in the first day of the academy.  Any application returned that is not filled out completely or as instructed may be subject to disqualification.  No applications will be accepted before 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, or after Friday, June 1 at 4:00 p.m.

Our objective is a week of education and fun through a Police Academy format.  The week long curriculum will include various presentations from guest law enforcement agencies, hands on activities and physical training to give the students an idea of what is involved in becoming a Police Officer.   Some of the agencies participating in this year’s program include the Morris County Sheriff’s Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Denville Animal Control, Denville Fire Department, and the North Star and Air 1 helicopters.  There will also be a class trip which will consist of tours of the Morris County Police and Firefighters Academy and the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center.  The Academy will culminate in a graduation ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 20th.  Each recruit’s family is invited to attend the ceremony.

The daily schedule is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Recruits are to be dropped off at Morris Knolls High School no later than 7:50 a.m. on each day.  Transportation to and from the Academy is the responsibility of the recruit’s parent or guardian.  Please be prompt when dropping off and picking up your children.

Each recruit is required to have his or her own lunch for the first 4 days.  Please label all lunch containers with the recruit’s name.  Water will be provided to all recruits during physical training exercises and other physical activities.  On Friday, July 20th, the Academy will provide a free lunch (pizza) to all recruits.

In order to offset the costs of the Academy, there will be a $50.00 fee for each recruit.  This fee will be collected on Monday, July 16th from each recruit.  Please do not send cash and all checks or money orders should be made out to: Denville Junor Police Academy. 

We are hopeful that the interaction that will take place between your children and the members of our police department will have a positive effect on all involved.  As police officers, we thoroughly enjoy participating in this program each year and look forward to working with your children!

If you should have any questions regarding this program, please call one of the following officers at 973-627-4900: Lt. Frank Perna at ext. 311, Lt. Jeff Tucker at ext. 334, or Sgt. Subrizi at ext. 365.