North Bergen’s 2018 Junior Police Academy cadets enjoyed a packed schedule of activities on Thursday, July 19. Day four of the annual one-week program began with roll call and physical training, then it was off to experience the inside of prison at the Hudson Correctional Center in Kearny.
From there the 25 cadets traveled to Lincoln School Annex for the remainder of the afternoon, to learn about various aspects of criminology. First they met with Nico and Tahoo, a pair of highly-trained police dogs. K-9 Officers Bart Lore and Joe Barone from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office demonstrated how their K-9 partners seek out drugs and bombs, and respond dramatically to specific commands to protect the officers.
Then Det. 1 Marcelo Pirez gave a fascinating talk about polygraphs, providing a demonstration using one of the cadets. Given their newfound knowledge, the cadet’s classmates were able to accurately determine when she was lying.
Finally, Det. Peter Insetta of the North Bergen Police Department provided an interactive demonstration of fingerprinting techniques.
The 2018 Junior Police Academy concludes on Friday, July 20 with a visit to the North Bergen pool and a barbecue for the cadets.