Tuesday, December 19, 2006

River Vale Junior Police Academy Graduation

On Monday evening, December 18, 2006, over 300 parents, students, law enforcement officials, community leaders and families attended the River Vale New Jersey Police Departments Junior Police Academy Commencement Ceremony. The commencement was held at the Florentine Gardens in River Vale, New Jersey.

Thanks to the leadership of Chief Aaron Back and the coordinator of the academy, Detective John J. DeVoe of the River Vale Police, this program was an outstanding success.

Honoring the eighty-two students of River Vale Public Schools who graduated from the academy, was the Paramus NJ Police Department Honor Guard and the Rockland County NY Police Emerald Society. Superintendent David C. Verducci, Ph.D., of the River Vale Public Schools was present to congratulate the students. The students, dressed in their police academy uniforms, received diplomas from community representatives after weeks of training by various agencies including:
  • Bergen County Prosecutors Office
  • Bergen County Police Department
  • Bergen County Sheriffs Department
  • Hillsdale Police Department
  • Lyndhurst Police Department
  • Mahwah Police Department
  • New Jersey State Police
  • Passaic County Sheriffs Department
  • Rutherford Police Department
  • Washington Township Police Department
  • Westwood Township Police Department
The River Vale Township Council, Board of Education and PTA also supported the academy. River Vale Police Department instructors included:
  • Officer Dino Dinelli
  • Officer Valeri Guglielmotti
  • Officer John Guglielmotti
  • Intern Abigail Parry Leo
  • Intern Christopher Osenbruck
The youth police academy is a dynamic community policing initiative which cultivates partnerships between youth, the community and the police. The goals of youth police academies, which take place in communities throughout the United States, are:
  • To enhance responsible citizenship among the nation's youth
  • To provide positive interaction with the police and to educate youth about the challenges and responsibilities of law enforcement
  • To build morale within the entire community through the enthusiasm, hope and energy of the young
Click to read more about Junior Police Academies

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