The Berlin Police Department held Junior Police Academy last week. The 6-hour camp for boy and girls gave kids a chance to learn about being a local police officer. The camp included physical training, bike training, court demonstration, K9 training, fire training, EMT training and a field trip to the New Jersey State Police Museum. The goal of the week long training is to help instill core values of integrity, honor, respect and discipline in the kids participating; values that officers in the Berlin PD hold dear.
Said Detective TJ Varano, “Reaching out and engaging with children at a young age, can hopefully swing a positive perception towards us for many years to come. Our officers love this week, and look forward to it. It’s a great feeling to see how many kids want you to be their role model by the end of the week, and if we can help mold even one child, it’s a job well done.
A quote that we like to share with the kids, is that, ‘individually we are just one drop, but together, we are an entire ocean…’ – and although some of the kids may not understand what that means right now, one day hopefully they will grow up and want to be part of a large ocean that could use a few more drops in it!”
The program runs an entire week and is similar to programs many local police departments hold to bridge the gap between kids and the police. The Berlin PD publishes photos and videos of the program all week to keep people engaged and informed and the popularity of the program spills over into the community with many business donating time and resources for the trainees. Following your local PD on Facebook is a great way to learn about efforts local police departments use to keep the public they serve informed.