Jerry Turning started the Tinton Falls Junior Police Academy back in 2001 to teach students about teamwork, to build self-confidence, and to learn about the law enforcement community. The program continues to this day and last Friday, I attended the graduation ceremony, which was held at the Ranney School, to congratulate the class of 2013.

Tinton Falls students in grades seven through ten who participated in the program completed a three-week course that included physical training, traffic safety, narcotics, forensic studies, water rescue, and information about the court system. There are also class trips to the Statue of Liberty, the Monmouth County 911 Call Center, and the Monmouth County Courthouse. Students enrolled in the program are also certified by the American Red Cross in CPR.

At the graduation, students receive a certificate of completion from the Tinton Falls Police Department. Additionally, there are awards in categories such as leadership, best in uniform, most determined, physical training, and firearms safety.

Over the years, hundreds of students have graduated from the program and many of the past graduates have gone on to careers in law enforcement. Just a few weeks ago, a former graduate of the Junior Police Academy was hired by the Tinton Falls Police Department.

Sincerely,

Michael Skudera
Mayor of Tinton Falls