Posted Thursday, January 21st, 2016

It’s only January, but enrollment for this summer’s highly competitive 2016 Morris County Public Safety Youth Academy is beginning now, with limited space available for the intensive week-long course for young Morris County women and men in grades  9-12.

Students at 2015 Academy session

Students at 2015 Academy session

The fourth annual academy, which is run by the Morris County Department of Law & Public Safety and Office of Emergency Management, and funded by the Morris County Board of Freeholders, will be held during the week of Aug. 15-19. Classes are held at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippany.

The Academy offers a five-day program that is open to all Morris County students who are enrolled in grades 9-12 in the fall of 2016.

It is completely free of charge to the cadets and their families.

The Academy is a uniquely designed program which provide high school students exposure to and a better understanding of the various facets within the field of public safety. This program has been designed to target Morris County’s young adults at a time when they are making decisions about their future education and careers.

“They are is the process of making educational and life commitments that could potentially impact their careers, their character, and their communities,’ said County OEM Director Jeff Paul. “We want to give them a chance to see if public safety might be a way for them to go.’’

2015 Academy session

2015 Academy session

“This is an investment in the youth of our county, and a chance to interest some of the brightest young people who live in Morris County to consider being future leaders in our vitally important public safety team,’’ said Freeholder Doug Cabana, who is the county governing board’s liaison on law and public safety issues.

The Youth Academy is a unique program that exposes cadets to all facets of the public safety profession.

This intensive program will provide cadets with specially designed training and hands-on experience in the fields of police, fire, EMS, emergency management, and more.

Class size is limited and the summer 2016 class is expected to quickly fill to capacity.

To find out more information about this exciting program, or to apply for enrollment, please visit:

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