West New York youth academy provides true life view of police


It was established in 2014 and now the West New York Police Youth Academy is going strong, teaching the town’s kids the skills they need to pursue a career in the public sector, including police, military, fire department, emergency medical services, S.W.A.T team and sheriff’s department.

The youth academy also provides the cadets with proper tools to be able to build on leadership skills, self confidence and pride.

According to Mayor Felix Roque, where you see a lot of violence around the country and people hating the police, in West New York it’s all about loving their police department and training the next generation.

“I forsee hopefully building a military academy here because leadership is always something jobs are looking for and it builds team and character in these young men and women,” the mayor says.

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Jillian has a passion for news, giving voice to the voiceless and telling stories that make an impact. A New Jersey native, she spent the past two years as a multimedia journalist/one-man-band at WTAP-TV, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she covered everything from meth busts to fracking to the homeless to a young man struck by lightening. She was her news director’s “go to health reporter” and also covered many education and political stories. She frequently interviewed the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, WV and Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. She interviewed OH Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald and OH Congressional Candidate Jennifer Garrison, as well as WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Senator Joe Manchin. Jillian was a regular fixture at the local police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors’ offices and courthouses. Many looked forward to her ‘Mom of the Month’ series. Her story about two women who lost their children to heroin was widely recognized, along with her much loved piece on the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp. In her free time, Jillian enjoys yoga; working out, live music, spending time with friends on both coasts and the Mid-Ohio Valley. Follow on Twitter @JillianRis


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