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Junior Police Academy Grades 6-8

Explorers Grades 9-12

These programs give Montclair youths who are interested in law enforcement the opportunity to participate in 10 two-hour sessions with Montclair Police officers and learn all about the many different jobs within the Police Department.  

Participants will have fun learning in a safe environment similar to an actual police recruit training program, complete with some physical training and exercises with an emphasis on teamwork and responsibility.  

Some topics of instruction include:

  • History of policing in the United States and Montclair 
  • Law (arrest, search, and seizure) 
  • Patrol Operations 
  • Investigative Operations 
  • Special Operations

For more information contact Officer Johnson of Montclair PD   

a.johnson@montclairnjusa.org or 973-509-4775  ext. 4 

Citizens Police Academy

Applicants for the Citizen Academy must meet the following criteria*:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have no felony convictions

*Any requirement may be waived or modified upon review and approval of the Chief of Police/ Director or designee.  

The training courses will be instructed by certified law enforcement officers from the Montclair Police Department, Bloomfield Police Department, Glen Ridge Police Department, as well as officers from other agencies.  

This program offers no police certification.  

Instead, the goal is to provide a better understanding of modern police practices.  

Participants will also gain an insight to the functions and responsibilities of police departments as well as criminal law and legal procedure.Class size will be limited to 30 persons and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Montclair, Glen Ridge, and Bloomfield residents and employees will be given preference over non-residents.A record check will be conducted on all applicants and access may be denied to those with a criminal arrest record or active warrants.  Audio and video recording of any portion of the course is strictly prohibited without the express written consent of the Montclair, Glen Ridge, and Bloomfield Police Departments.