High school students discover the life of the police


Monmouth County high school students gain first-hand experience during the 28th annual Monmouth County Sheriff’s Youth Week (not held in 2020).

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It offers young people interested in a future in law enforcement themselves the opportunity to learn more about the men and women who serve our communities.

“It’s about engagement and education and our future in law enforcement and public safety, and they are,” said Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden. “They have an interest, they want to take a week for an unusual summer camp, I call it, it’s not your usual summer camp, and they come in for an exercise and exercise, and then they’re going to do different things. “

Throughout the week, participants rotate in groups through a variety of drills, activities and educational lessons including internet safety, fitness, opioid awareness, women in law enforcement, drills on simulator to drive patrol car and de-escalation training as well as drone demonstration, learning K-9, working with detectives to solve simulated crimes and driving motor vehicle, take turns stopping as a police officer and driver.

“We have seen the side of getting arrested to attract people to ourselves,” said Ralph D’Errico of Middletown. “We basically saw how to behave, how to speak firmly and with confidence.”

The high school students learned that being in good physical shape is very important in law enforcement because they participated in various exercises.

“We ran a mile and a half and then we did a few push-ups, we did lunges, step-ups, sit-ups and we also did push-ups,” said Lucas Urrutia of Tinton Falls.

Lessons learned in the classroom and with hands-on experience is something these high school students enjoy very much and get an appreciation of what is required of law enforcement officers.

“The officers and everybody do a lot of training, really a lot, all different types of training, it’s not like what a normal person would assume, they just do causal things that are really, really intense that I ‘ve seen so far, just really intense, “said Noah Foggy of Keansburg.

Monmouth County Sheriff’s Youth Week also helps develop the skills and mindsets needed to work in law enforcement.

“I really like it, I’m really into law enforcement right now and that’s why I took Sheriff’s Youth Week and if I pursue this I’m not even sure yet. what I want to do, there are so many options, so many branches that you can get into, ”Foggy said.

“This is very important to me because I want to be able to do it when I get older and if I don’t learn this stuff I will never be able to reach my full potential and I will not be able to work as an officer in the field. police, “said Laci Fancher of Howell.” I’ve learned that being a police officer is going to be a lot harder than I thought because of all the training and things you have to go through. I thought it would be easy but it can be stressful so I just have to keep doing what I’m doing if I want to achieve my dream. “

Sheriff Golden sees the future potential of this group and encouraged them to ask questions every day to learn more about each division of law enforcement and how it all works.

“I watched them this week, it’s been a great education week for them and I hope they stay interested because this is again about our future and I think we see future leaders. of law enforcement and public safety in this group, ”Golden said. .

This week is for those entering high school or just graduating and for the older group, especially those looking for a future in law enforcement, there are several ways to get involved right now.

“I always tell them to keep engaging in the community, I mean that’s the most important thing, we are so community focused here in law enforcement. Law enforcement Local is the backbone of public safety here in the state of New Jersey, ”Golden mentioned. “So get involved, whether it’s volunteering for your community events, whether it’s getting involved in your future paramedic or firefighter training, meet law enforcement, meet some of the heads and go out. It’s about engagement, if you get involved and want a career in law enforcement, that’s how you get a career in law enforcement. “

Whether it’s Monmouth County Sheriff’s Youth Week or a similar program run by their local police department in their city, Sheriff Golden is encouraging young people to come out and engage and get involved so that they develop their skills and relationships in the community.

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