Criminal Justice Academy

Article Posted -- May 29, 2012

Criminal Justice Academy

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will again host the Criminal Justice Academy this summer from July 2nd – 6th (no class on July 4th). The Criminal Justice Academy for young adults is a collaborative program between SCCC and the law enforcement agencies of Sussex County.

The Academy will provide students with an inside look into the field of criminal justice and law enforcement. During the Academy, students will be introduced to basic police operations which will include: military style drills, patrol procedures, canine unit, traffic enforcement, criminal investigation, drug investigation, cyber-crimes, special weapons and tactics, handcuffing, self defense, fugitive searches, and firearm awareness. Instructors will include New Jersey State Police, FBI, DEA, Secret Service, Sheriff’s Department, Prosecutor’s Office, and local law enforcement.

Classes will start promptly on Monday, July 2nd at 8:30 a.m. on the campus of SCCC and finish at 3:30 p.m. Parking will be available to the students on campus. All participants will receive a certificate of completion at a culmination ceremony. Students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. The cost is $100 per student. Each student will receive an Academy t-shirt and a barbecue lunch on Friday, July 6th. Students must bring a bag lunch Monday through Thursday.

Candidates for the Summer Criminal Justice Academy must meet the following criteria:
• completed his/her sophomore, junior or senior year at a Sussex County High School
• be a student in good standing
• be a good citizen with no criminal background
• be in good physical condition to meet the required physical training
• be willing to be part of a highly disciplined curriculum

The Academy is designed to develop a partnership between the police, the College and the young adults of Sussex County. The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional law enforcement academy that will provide the students an opportunity to see police-related activities from the inside. The daily sessions are not designed to certify the participants as a law enforcement officer, but will provide students with a knowledge that will effectively prepare them for civilian or law enforcement related careers.

Students can register for the Criminal Justice Academy by contacting William McGovern, Criminal Justice Program Coordinator at SCCC, at 973-300-2182 or at