It was a chance to see the real thing… young officers in training learning from police officers at the West New York’s Youth Police Academy.
“It’s not every child that says I will give up my time off to do this and I commend for having raised wonderful children,” says Supt. of Schools, Clara Brito Herrera.
The cadets are also reminded not to forget their journey; this is only the beginning.
“I don’t know of any other group of students to do what you did during this week,” Commissioner Susan Colacurcio says.
And because the cadets have people who care about them, a community — a school board.
“This is a family,” Colacurcio says.
The dream of a junior police academy got the green light from everyone involved.
“I have not seen a police department and a community work together so well,” says Police Director Robert Antelos. “Our officers are the best in the world.”
“Not only keeping us safe day in, day out — but volunteering your time to spend the entire week training these cadets, making them better people, making them better leaders for tomorrow,” Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo says.
With different jobs in the military, many say this is one of their favorites, being able to teach the kids.
“I actually have to thank you guys because you are our biggest motivation and inspiration to keep doing better each and every day,” says Sgt. Kelsey Kneeler, of the New Jersey National Guard.