Junior Police Academy

The Ridgefield Park and Little Ferry Police Departments are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 15th Annual Youth Academy Program.  The week long program will be held from Monday, June 24, 2019 through Friday, June 28, 2019.

The program’s objective is to give local youths an overview of law enforcement through an enjoyable, educational and disciplined format.   There will be guests from specialized units of federal, state and county law enforcement agencies who will provide demonstrations of their expertise.  Local fire, EMS and rescue squads have been invited to attend.  A one day field trip is also being planned.

The program will alternate each day between Ridgefield Park and Little Ferry.  Transportation to a predetermined, local meeting point will be the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.  Transportation to and from the neighboring town (when applicable) will then be provided by bus.  The daily schedule will run from approximately 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, and the week will culminate with a short graduation ceremony on the evening of Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Memorial School located at 130 Liberty Street, Little Ferry, New Jersey.

There will be a $40.00 cost per child to help defray the expense of uniforms and the field trip.  Children should be prepared to bring a bag lunch each day.  Water will be provided.

The program will be open to boys and girls who will complete 6th, 7th and 8th grade in June 2019Twenty five “junior recruits” will be chosen from each town. Parents should be aware that some physical exertion will be required to participate and paramilitary discipline will be practiced.

Application, permission slip, and fee (check written to “RP/LF Jr. Police Academy”) should be returned to your respective police department no later than May 31, 2019.  A mandatory information night will be held in each town for parents whose children are selected to participate.  Failure to attend will result in your child’s application being rejected.

You can Download a copy of the application HERE

For questions or more information, contact the following officers:

Little Ferry:
Sgt. Michael Derwin  mderwin@littleferrypd.org

Ofc. Michael Hinchcliffe mhinchcliffe@littleferrypd.org

Ridgefield Park:
DSG. Michael Cmielewski mcmielewski@rppd.org

Det. Robert DiStasi rdistasi@rppd.org