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The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the Bergen County Youth Police Academy – Class #13.


The Academy is a two-week "day camp" (Monday through Friday) that is offered to qualified Bergen County young men and women either residing in Bergen County or attending secondary school in Bergen County, who will enter the 9th, 10th, 11th , or 12th grade in September 2017. Priority acceptance will be given to thosestudents entering the 11th and 12th grades. The Academy is free of charge.


This year’s Academy will begin on Monday, June 26th and run through Friday, July 7, 2017 (no camp on Tuesday, July 4th).The motto of the Bergen County Youth Police Academy is "Honor – Respect –Commitment." We place strong emphasis on self respect, respect of others,teamwork and commitment to one’s goals. The cadets learn that these attributescan be achieved with focus, discipline and personal responsibility. The two-weekprogram, especially in the beginning, will be both physically and mentally taxing. However, it has been our experience that cadets who complete the Academy enjoy a positive and worthwhile experience that they draw upon in the future.


The Youth Academy curriculum consists of educational activities as well as physical training activities. The format is similar to what actual police academy cadets experience. All of the squad instructors are law enforcement officers. Our objective is to educate the cadets about public service including law enforcement, emergency services, the judiciary and county government. There will be structured events offered in a fun, informative, interactive, educational and hands-on manner.

The daily programs will include educational presentations, interaction with public agencies, field trips and physical activities. The cadets will be given exposure to available state, county and municipal resources. The daily physical training is similar to a "boot camp" workout; there will be running and calisthenics.

Any questions, please contact Detective Matthew Parodi at

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