2022 Junior Police Academy Application

Junior Police Academy

Mayor Nicholas J. Sacco, Commissioner Hugo D.Cabrera, Commissioner Allen Pascual and Chief Peter Fasilis are happy to announce the restart and continuation of the North Bergen Junior Police Academy for the 2022 summer season. In conjunction with this year’s summer fun program, the North Bergen Junior Police Academy is for North Bergen Township children entering the 7th grade or 8th Grade as of September 2022. The Junior Police Academy will be held at numerous locations within the Township of North Bergen. 

The Junior Police Academy is not a "boot camp" for troubled youth, but a camp designed to operate like an actual police academy for those interested in law enforcement and for the students that show true leadership skills.

The objective of the Junior Police Academy is to educate the cadets with various police procedures, history of the North Bergen Township Police Department, tours of Police Headquarters, firearms safety and a live firearms demonstration, field trip to the 911 Memorial & Museum and the Freedom Tower. The cadets will also visit the Hudson County Correctional Center, observe a K-9 Demonstration, Polygraph Demonstration, Fingerprint Demonstration and learn about the New Jersey State Police Marine Division. There may also be a chance that the select cadets may go to our Nation’s Capital in Washington D.C. and visit the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum and F.B.I. Headquarters. (The trip to Washington D.C. will depend on if the North Bergen Police Department is awarded the N.J.L.P.S. Expansion Program Grant.)  These lessons and experiences would give the cadets a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to succeed in the profession of law enforcement.  

Cadets should be prepared for an experience spanning a wide variety of Law Enforcement techniques and training. We place strong emphasis on self-respect, respect of others, teamwork and commitment to one’s goals. This will be accomplished through structured events which will be offered in a fun, informative, interactive, educational and hands-on manner. The curriculum will consist of educational activities as well as physical training activities.

The Junior Police Academy will run for six days, starting on Monday July 11. 2022 and ending on Monday July 18, 2022. With the possibility of other days added. The class will not exceed 32 cadets. Cadets will be placed in the academy class based on first come first serviced, with all the necessary paperwork filled out properly. The Junior Police Academy will be held at the Lincoln School Annex located at 1206 63rd Street (Smith Ave. Entrance).  

Requirements: Perspective Cadets must meet and complete below listed requirements. PLEASE PRINT ALL INFORMATION NEATLY.

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1.  Completed cadet application must be completed in black or blue ink and signed.  

2.  One letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal or vice principal, through email.

3.  Completed essay question: “Why do you want to participate in the North Bergen Junior Police Academy? What do you hope to accomplish from it?”

4.  Must be an incoming 7th or 8th grade student as of September 2022.

5.  Must be a Township of North Bergen resident.

6. All forms may be emailed to Instructor Joe Sitty at [email protected] or mailed to the

North Bergen Junior Police Academy (Attention Instructor Joe Sitty)                     

P.O. Box 7450 North Bergen, NJ 07047

All forms need to be received no later than May 20, 2022.

Please be reminded, that the North Bergen Police Department, the North Bergen Recreation Department and the Township of North Bergen hold the right to exclude admission into the North Bergen Police Junior Police Academy due to application error, failure to meet application requirements and any acts of juvenile delinquency committed by a perspective Junior Police Academy cadet.

UPON ACCEPTANCE:   (Do not mail payment until you have received an acceptance letter) 

7.  Completed medical certification form

8.  Signed medical release form and civil liability form

9.  Signed media release form

Applications, recommendation letters, and essay MUST be submitted no later than May 20, 2022 to [email protected] or to the North Bergen Junior Police Academy (Attention: Instructor Joseph Sitty)  P.O. Box 7450 North Bergen, New Jersey 07047, If you have any questions please contact Instructor Joe Sitty at 201-206-2050.

If you are accepted to attend the North Bergen Junior Police Academy, you will receive an acceptance letter from Chief Fasilis along with a medical certification form, medical release form, a civil liability form, range clearance form, corrections visitation form and a media release form in the mail no later than June 1, 2022.  At that time you must mail a non-refundable check or money order in the amount of $25.00 made payable to the North Bergen Superior Officers Assoc. PBA Local 18A “Good and Welfare” with 2022 Junior Police Academy writing in the memo space. You should also mail back your completed medical certification form, medical release form, range clearance form, a civil liability form, corrections visitation form and a media release form by June 10, 2022 to the following address:        

North Bergen Junior Police Academy                                                                 

PO Box 7450  Attention: Instructor Joe Sitty                                                     

North Bergen, New Jersey 07047