HHPD Holds Jr. Police Academy
The Hasbrouck Heights Police Department held their 8th "Junior
Police Academy" for Hasbrouck Heights students. About
25 students participated.
The one week program was held from August
14th through 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The course was
led by Jr. Police Academy instructor Michael Stillman of Hasbrouck
Heights High School who has led the Jr. Police Academy for
Police Chief Michael Colaneri, Detective Sgt.
Joseph Rinke and Detective Michael Colaneri, Jr. provided
support during each session.
The first morning began at Lincoln School
gym where the Lyndhurst Police Department SWAT Team surprised
the students with a "flash bang" entrance, then
demonstrated SWAT Team equipment and procedures.
That afternoon, at police headquarters, the
students participated in a team building, problem solving
exercise that got them to "think outside the box."
They then toured Hasbrouck Heights Police Headquarters.
On Tuesday morning, they observed the proper
procedures used to make a traffic stop in a patrol car.
That afternoon at police headquarters, they
received martial arts self defense training from the Olympic
Karate Institute located in Rutherford, NJ.
On Wednesday, FBI Special Agent Robert Bukowsky
provided an overview of FBI activities and discussed some
of the cases he worked.
Later that morning, an Air National Guard
helicopter landed at Depken Field and the crew gave an overview
on how they assisted law enforcement with infrared cameras
That afternoon, the students went to the HH
Police Firing Range to review details about the range, various
targets, training, etc.
The class was introduced to the equipment
HH police officers use to include safety vests, batons, hand
Various weapons were exhibited and discussed,
followed by a live fire demonstration of a shotgun and 9 mm
duty weapon used by the HHPD.
On Thursday morning the first segment began
with witness identification. The information asked by law
enforcement to identify a person includes age, gender, appearance
(i.e., glasses, height, facial hair, scars or tattoos, skin
There was an interactive demonstration of
"Faces" software used to create composite sketches.
It was emphasized that sketches are representative and not
meant to be a photograph.
Later that morning, the Riverdale Police Department
K-9 gave a demonstration with dogs trained to detect drugs
That afternoon, the Jr. Academy students toured
the Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation
(BCI) located at River Street in Hackensack.
This unit processes crime scenes for Bergen
County police departments such as homicides, aggravated assaults,
robberies and other serious felonies.
Detective Greg Beck discussed the careful
processing of a crime scene to include photographing evidence,
maintaining the chain of evidence, detective interviews, canvassing,
checking leads, etc. He stated that their goal is to be able
to re-create a crime scene.
Det. Beck gave detailed background information
on fingerprint identification, ballistics, and DNA. He explained
the supporting role of the State Police lab in crime scene
Det. Beck reviewed recent Bergen County cases
and how information gathered at the crime scene helped in
apprehension of suspects.
Later that afternoon at HHPD Headquarters,
the ATF provided students with an overview of their activities.
The final day’s session concluded at
Depken Field on Monday, with a midday BBQ where certificates
The Hasbrouck Heights Police Department offers
this Jr. Police Academy to Hasbrouck Heights students at no
cost. Those participating receive a "T" shirt and
hat. The program is geared for 8th Graders going into 9th
Previous graduates of the Jr. Police Academy
assisted and received community service credit.
Graduates of the program assist the police
department during Town Day, Fireworks Program, Bike Marathon
and can help with the next class.
The Hasbrouck Heights Police Department was
one of the first communities to offer this program in Bergen
Detectives Scott Adamo and Michael Colaneri
Jr. conceived the Jr. Police Academy program as a class project
when they were attending the Bergen County Police Academy
and upon graduation, implemented the program in Hasbrouck
This successful program has expanded to offer
an adult version, "Citizen’s Police Academy: CSI
Meets Law and Order," which held their 2nd class in April/May