49 North Bergen students trained as junior police academy cadets, which is designed to simulate an actual police academy for youth interested in law enforcement.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Their schedule for the week included demonstrations from the Hudson County SWAT Team, North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue, North Bergen EMS, a K9 unit, an AirMed One helicopter, a visit to the firing range to learn about firearms safety, among other things.
On Thursday and Friday, they took trips to the 9/11 Memorial and Freedom Tower in New York City and to Washington D.C. to visit the National Law Enforcement Museum, as well as other attractions.
Additionally, Police Chief Peter Fasilis taught them about the history of policing and they received a tour of NBPD headquarters.
There, they experienced the day-to-day operations and viewed the property and evidence room, jail cells, the bureau of criminal identification, the detective bureau, and the municipal court.
The six-day academy also includes overviews of fingerprinting, polygraphs, crime scene processing, defensive tactics, plus physical exercise and training, and much more.