Bloomfield’s 4th Annual Police Academy Graduates 28 Civilians

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bloomfield’s 4th Annual Police Academy Graduates 28 Civilians

Uses K-9 demonstrations and Firearms Training Simulators to help civilians understand police work, and foster deeper police-community relationships

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Tuesday, the Bloomfield Police Department concluded its 4th annual Citizen Police Academy with a special reception and ceremony to thank the participating officers and civilians. This was the second year in a row that the BPD partnered with the Montclair Police Department for a dual township academy. This year saw the highest number of participants yet, with 28 registered students from Bloomfield, Montclair and students at Bloomfield College receiving certificates of completion.

The 10-week program was held every Tuesday night in the Bloomfield Middle School and covered many important topics such as Internal Affairs procedures, domestic violence and narcotics investigation. Essex County Sheriff’s officers brought in a K-9 unit to conduct a demonstration of several different K-9’s assignments to different details such as drug sniffing or bomb sniffing. The demonstration covered all areas of the training process for the K-9 as well as the handler. During another class, officers took the students to the Essex County Police Academy to use the Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) machine.

The students were presented with realistic use of force scenarios and put in a “shoot or don’t shoot” type of situation.

“The Bloomfield Police Academy is a great program that the Bloomfield Township Council and I support and plan to continue for many years. This is a great way to bring the police and civilians together to see each other as partners,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “I commend all of the graduates for giving their time, and the Bloomfield and Montclair police leadership for working together to organize such an engaging program.”

“I would like to thank all of the Bloomfield Police officers and Montclair Police officers for working together to conduct a great training program, and I would like to thank the Essex County Sheriff’s Office for lending their support,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “I recommend this program to anyone who is interested in a career in law enforcement or would like to better understand the day-to-day happenings of the police department. Programs like this allow the residents and officers to get to know each other in an informal setting, which supports our Community Policing efforts that have proven, throughout the country, to be a great crime deterrent and improve police and community relations.”

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