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April 14, 2015

Cherry Hill police to conduct junior police academy

Program aimed at 11- to 14-year-olds with an interest in law enforcement

The Cherry Hill Police Department will conduct a youth academy in July.

The program is for 11- to 14-year-olds interested in law enforcement as a career. The week-long academy is designed to give the kids a hint of what it's like to be an officer.

Children who attend will meet officers and learn the importance of physical fitness, teamwork and staying drug-free, according to a news release about the program.

“I believe this academy will be a rewarding experience for both the children and officers who participate,” said Cherry Hill police Chief Bud Monaghan in a statement. “We want to open our doors to the community that we serve and develop long-lasting relationships between the children of Cherry Hill and the police.”

Interested individuals must apply and answer several questions including: “Please explain briefly … why we should accept you into the program?” And, “list any 􏰀association, club, organization you may belong to or be affiliated with.”

The academy is scheduled to be held July 20 to 24, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily at the Cherry Hill Township Municipal Complex, 820 Mercer St. Children who complete the program will participate in a formal graduation ceremony.

Registration costs $125 per person.