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Posted on: January 24, 2019

Fifth Annual Bloomfield Citizen Police Academy Begins Soon; Residents Must Apply by Friday

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The highly successful, free yearly Bloomfield Citizen Police Academy will begin Tuesday, February 5, and residents are encouraged to apply by this Friday, January 25.

The Citizen Police Academy was created after Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio joined the Department in 2015, reflecting his model of community policing, where officers are part of the community for celebrations and insightful events, as well as during emergencies. The first two years, the academy was organized exclusively with Bloomfield Police personnel, and exclusively for Bloomfield residents, but in 2017, the Department partnered with Montclair, and invited Montclair residents to participate. Now, it is expanding to include Glen Ridge.

The nine-week course will cover topics such as basic Police Academy training, traffic enforcement, crime scene investigation, appropriate use of force, K-9 Units, community policing, and more. It will run every Tuesday night from February 5 through April 2 at 6:00pm at the Christ Episcopal Church at 74 Park Avenue, Glen Ridge. 

“The Citizen Police Academy is a great yearly program that the Bloomfield Township Council and I support and plan to continue for many years. It is in keeping with the renewed emphasis on community policing that Director DeMaio has implemented, which has resulted in fewer crimes, and demonstrably better police and community relations in the past four years,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “I am thrilled that Montclair and Glen Ridge have joined us to not only promote citizen awareness of Police protocol, but also introduce our neighboring residents and officers to one another, truly fostering great community relations.”

The yearly program includes exciting trips to the Essex County Police Academy. Last year, Essex County Sheriff’s officers brought in a K-9 unit to conduct a demonstration of several different K-9’s assignments to different details such as drug sniffing or bomb sniffing. This year’s group will take a trip to the Essex County Police Academy to use the Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) machine and observe a weapons qualification from a certified firearms instructor.

“I would like to thank all of our Bloomfield Police officers, and the Montclair and Glen Ridge Police officers for working together to conduct a great training program, and I would like to thank all the residents who bring their energy and interest to this community-oriented program,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “I recommend this program to anyone who is interested in a career in law enforcement or would like to better understand the day-to-day happenings of the police department. Our deadline is this Friday, January 25, and we welcome all residents to apply.”

Last year’s academy graduated 28 civilians, with a special reception and ceremony held to honor graduates and participating officers. All participants will receive a free shirt. 

Applications must be received by Friday, January 25. Email to bdemaio@bloomfieldnjpd.com, or mail to Bloomfield Police Department, ℅ Community Policing Unit, 1 Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield, NJ 07003. 

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