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WHAT Provides seniors a glimpse into the day-to-day operations of the Newark Police Department and graduate from the Senior Police Academy. Seniors receive hands-on training by officers, including ride-a-longs, patrol techniques and firearms instruction.
WHYThe information seniors learn in the police academy will help them to provide safety, protect themselves, the department and neighbors.
WHERE Newark Police Department.
Mayor's Office of Aging.
Newark, New Jersey, USA.

Program Description

"Seniors are home during the day, they see a lot, they’re staples in their community. They know a lot of people. They are the eyes and ears who can assist the Police Department. They’re the ones who can bring back that ‘it takes a village’ kind of community because somewhere along the way we’ve lost that.”
-Capt. Susan Cole, Program Coordinator, Newark Police Department.

"Police departments all over the country have set up senior citizen police academies, with the idea being to better inform a segment of the population that tends to have strong ties to a community."

Newark seniors learn about police procedures, gang awareness, take part in ride-alongs with police officers. Seniors receive an up close look at the day-to-day operations of the police department and receive hands-on training from Newark police officers such as how to detect and report criminal activity, patrol techniques. Senior Police Academy students have an opportunity to use the firearms training simulator at the police range. Seniors also learn about important senior services such as senior health and nutrition programs.

Upon completion seniors graduate from the Newark Police Department's Senior Citizen Police Academy. Senior graduates act as the eyes and ears of the community making the city a safer place. Seniors also support the police department at community events by increasing awareness of police programs to other residents.

Find out more about the "Newark Senior Citizen Police Academy" Program

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