Summit Police Department Youth Academy completes 16th season – Union News Daily

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SUMMIT, NJ — The Summit Police Department has completed the 16th season of its Youth Academy, a program designed to provide local youth with an opportunity to understand the role of the police officer in the community. Fifty-nine cadets graduated from the 2022 Youth Academy in two ceremonies attended by family members, Mayor Nora Radest, Chief of Police Steven Zagorski and members of the Common Council.

Aged 11 to 14, the cadets experienced the kinds of drills and physical training practiced by police academy recruits. In addition to receiving instruction in criminal investigation techniques, evidence retrieval, and patrol tactics, cadets received hands-on training in crime scene processing, high-risk motor vehicle stops, and evasive driving.
During a visit to the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains, cadets used the obstacle course used by police recruits and received unarmed self-defense instruction and simulator training of firearms. The cadets also saw demonstrations from the Union County K-9 unit, the SWAT team, the bomb squad, and the Summit Fire Department.

“We are thrilled to be able to run this program year after year and to continually have so many young Summit residents interested in learning more about the challenges and responsibility of police work,” said Zagorski. “Although students who attend the academy may not want to become police officers in the future, the program instills confidence and a sense of accomplishment that will benefit them for years to come.”

The following cadets have graduated from Summit 2022 Youth Police Academy Session 1: Ben Barlow, Samuel Benavides, Brian Byrne, Madelyn Byrne, Henry Decker, Anthony Delarosa, William Dolan, Anya Gokhale, Ayanna Hubert , Letitia Hubert, Daniil “Ace” Karotki, Elle Kennedy, Rishant Kona, Rithvik Kona, Zack Lipin, Owen Manahan, Sarah McKegney, Duncan O’Connor, Ishan Pal, Spyridon Petrou, Selena Shanker, Grace Sherman, Cooper Smoragiewicz, Nicolas Solis -Negron, Sophia Teixera, Alexavier Tolentino, Enzo Tolentino, Dalia Valdes and Sebastian Vasquez.

The following cadets have graduated from Session 2 of the 2022 Summit Youth Police Academy: Kvya Arora, Geanluca Asitimbay, Brayden Beatty, Casey Bello-Ventura, Steven Bello-Ventura, Logan Buntin, Jed Callahan, Andrew Cassidy, Alan Castillo, Alex Castillo, Ava Deutsch, Blakely Diekman, Alexandra Flores, Maksim Hartevelt, Xavier LeBlanc, Catherine Liang, Margaret Liang, Alexandra Luther, Michael Madden, Leo Paterek, Jack Petrella, Gabriella Rajguru, Emma Roberts, Sarah Romero, Tyler Ruck, Mia Solano, Paul Spitzer, Bethany Stanton, Brandon Ulloa and Artem Zakharov.

For more information about Youth Academy, contact Juvenile Detective Sean Thompson at [email protected] or 908-598-2114.

Photos courtesy of Megan Trindell