The Department hosts an "academy" for civilians, as well, to introduce them to the law enforcement profession. Geared for adult participants of varied ages, this serves as a crucial opportunity to close the communications gap between the Department and the community. Often, a lack of communication is rooted in a lack of understanding. By providing our residents the chance to learn what we do, and why, we can enhance public understanding and perception.
The role of law enforcement is often an interest to many citizens. Television has generated further curiosity with shows such as "Cops", "America's Most Wanted", and others. Additionally, each week, police actions are broadcast into the homes of millions of Americans either by television or social media.
Have you ever wondered what it's really like? Then welcome to your opportunity to be a part of our Citizen Police Academy. The Citizen Police Academy is open to East Brunswick residents and business owners, 18 years of age or older. During the academy there are many interesting demonstrations and activities which will be instructed by experienced members of the East Brunswick Police Department, and will include information on Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Watch Groups, Terrorism, Computer Crimes and the Internet, Crime Scene Investigation, Patrol Techniques, etc. In addition to core courses, other areas of study include firearms demonstrations, role-plays simulations, DWI and other workshops which are utilized to educate community members about police training and tactics, with the goal of having participants acquire a better understanding of the authority and limitations of the police. The information and insight gained from the program allows all involved to assess their roles and responsibilities in fostering effective and productive police-community partnerships.
Upon graduation, participants will have achieved a broader understanding of the inner workings of the East Brunswick Police Department, a better understanding of the police profession and how they can help the police keep our community safe through crime prevention and community awareness.
The academy has a limited amount of seats, which are filled on a first come, first serve, basis and all attendees must submit to and pass a brief background check.
If you would like to obtain more information about this valuable program, you may email the East Brunswick Police Department's Community Policing Unit or call at 732-390-6938.
Course openings are announced in advance via Facebook, Nixle, Twitter and the East Brunswick Division of Recreation. If you would like to register please do so via the East Brunswick Division of Recreation website or call 732-390-6797.