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Bergen County Sheriffs Office
Wednesday May 12th, 2010 :: 11:08 a.m. EDT


Sheriff’s Office Hosts Graduation Ceremony for Inaugural Class of High School Citizen’s Police Academy

Sheriff McGuire and County Executive McNerney Commend Students for Interest in Law Enforcement

HACKENSACK, N.J. – The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office last night hosted a graduation ceremony for the inaugural class of the BCSO’s High School Citizen’s Police Academy. During the ceremony, Sheriff Leo P. McGuire and Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney honored class members for their community involvement and commitment to public safety.

“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the inaugural class of our Citizen’s Police Academy for high school students,” Sheriff McGuire said. “These exceptional young men and women have shown true discipline and dedication to learn about law enforcement and take an active role in the safety of their communities. I know these future leaders of Bergen County are going to make us all proud.”

“By completing this specialized training, these young men and women have demonstrated that the safety and security of our citizens is major priority,” said County Executive McNerney. “The information they gained from the academy will help them better understand how law enforcement works. I applaud their spirit of public service and leadership and I believe we will see good things from these students in the future.”

In addition to the County Executive and Sheriff, Class President Andrew Jimenez, Class Vice President Katherine Lupardi and Class Member Michael Castellano spoke on behalf of the graduating class.

The High School Citizen’s Police Academy is modeled after the BCSO’s popular Citizen’s Police Academy for adults. The 10-week course is designed to educate youth on the functions of the Sheriff’s Office and the role it plays in Bergen County.

The Academy is offered in a classroom-style format with periodic demonstrations of equipment and tactics used by real officers. Students gain an understanding of many of tools and strategies law enforcement officers use in a broad range of areas including homeland security preparedness, the Medical Examiner’s Office, gang violence awareness, homicide investigations, K-9 patrol and detection, consumer affairs and ballistics.

For more information about the various Citizen’s Police Academies offered through the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, please contact the Community Outreach Unit at 201-336-3540.

High School Citizen’s Police Academy Class of 2010

Thomas Benintenda, Ridgewood High School

Kyle Boris, Lodi High School

Michael Castellano, Lyndhurst High School

Ryan Chormanski, Emerson Jr./Sr. High School

Jack Ciceri, Saddle Brook High School

Brandon Deyarmond, Hackensack High

Michael DiVite, Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest

Elizabeth Fambrough, River Dell High School

William Flaim, Leonia High School

Andrew Frazao, North Arlington High School

Rosalda Garcia, Hackensack High

Bryan Guerrieri, Cresskill High School

Christian Isip, Bogota High School

Andrew Jimenez, Leonia High School

Kenneth Kaufman, North Arlington High School

Vincent Kearns, Lyndhurst High School

Brian Loor, Lodi High School

Katherine Lupardi, Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest

Tyler McFadden, Lyndhurst High School

Andrew Nasca-Medeiros, New Milford High School

Dominick Pallottie, Saddle Brook High School

Christopher Palma, Bergen Catholic High School

Damian Perkowski, Lyndhurst High School

Juan Rodriguez, New Milford High School

Paul Romano, home-schooled

Iftekhar Saimon, Lodi High School

Jonathan Savarese, Hackensack High

Marc Sherman, New Milford High School

Nathalie Soler, Bogota Jr./Sr. High School

Shawn Sturdy, Saddle Brook High School

Tyler VanderWall, Fair Lawn High School

Sara Walters, River Dell High School

PHOTO CAPTION: The 2010 Class of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office’s Citizen’s Police Academy for High School Students with (from left to right) BCSO Officer Richard Hamilton, Lead Instructor of the High School CPA; Sheriff McGuire; and BCSO Officer Nick Nazare.

Bergen County Sheriffs Office
10 Main St
Hackensack, NJ 07601

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