By: Faith E. Hawkins
Thirty-eight Cadets were celebrated by family, friends, and City Officials as they graduated from the Linden Police Youth Academy on Friday, July 16th.
According to a statement from Linden Police, The Academy is a free, annual program offered to Linden residents entering sixth, seventh, or eighth grade.
Officials say the program includes presentations and hands-on demonstrations from Police Department personnel and agency partners to familiarize Cadets with Police operations, criminal investigations, first aid, and other Police related duties.
This was the third year the Department has hosted the program; it was canceled in 2020 due to Covid restrictions.
Officials say the program was made possible by a $5,000 donation from the Linden Branch of Columbia Bank.
“Our Youth Academy is one of the most anticipated community events of the year,” said Police Chief David Hart.
“Columbia Bank has supported this program from its inception; their generous donation, and the support of our community partners, allowed us to make this experience available to more kids while keeping it free of change.”
Officials would like to thank all the Police Officers, Detectives, and Traffic Investigators who made themselves available to help with this program throughout the week.
Officials would also like to thank our partners who did so much to make this experience special for our Cadets:
Columbia Bank of Linden, Linden Airport, Linden PBA Local # 42, Linden Police Superior Officers Association, Linden Recreation Department, The US Marine Corps Recruiting Center Elizabeth, NJ Transit Police Department,
Union County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit, Norfolk Southern Railroad Police, Linden Fire Department, Union County Police SWAT, US Customs & Border Protection, Union County Homicide Task Force, and the Union County Bomb Squad.