The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the Bergen County Youth Police Academy – Class #16.

The Academy is a two-week full day program (Monday through Friday) that is offered to students residing in Bergen County or attending secondary school in Bergen County, who will enter the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in September 2020.

Priority acceptance will be given to those students entering the 11th and 12th grades.
The Academy is free of charge.

This year’s Academy will begin on Monday, July 6th and run through Friday, July 17, 2020.

The drop-off and pick-up location for the Academy will be Two Bergen County Plaza, First Floor Conference Center, Hackensack. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please keep in mind that there may be modifications to the scheduled hours on field trip days, but your child will be notified in advance.

The Academy is in high demand and once someone is accepted and agrees to participate, that admitted cadet takes the place of another willing and hopeful applicant. As such, both parents/guardians and applicants should review this entire application and apply to the program with a full understanding of what is required and expected. Attached please find the required application forms (a total of 9 pages) that MUST BE completed and returned to Prosecutor’s Office Community Affairs Unit, 100 Eisenhower Drive, Paramus, New Jersey 07652, no later than Monday, April 13, 2020. 

The 9-page application must be complete and legible or it will not be accepted. Please be advised that submission of an application prior to the deadline does not guarantee acceptance into the program; however, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Space is limited. Due to the popularity of this program, cadets who have already participated in the Academy are prohibited from applying again.

If you have any questions, contact Community Affairs at All paperwork must be completely filled out and signed where indicated or your child will not be permitted to attend. Even if your child does not take medication and/or you do not give permission for your child to be dismissed without a parent/guardian present, these forms must be completed.

You will be notified in writing of your child’s acceptance and the date of the parent orientation meeting. A parent/guardian must attend the meeting for your child to be accepted into the Academy.

Bergen County Youth Police Academy Application