Youth Police Academy
The Youth Police
Academy program is held during the latter part of July
and is designed for young men and women between 12 and
16 years old.
Our program is among
the finest of its type. To date, more than 200
kids have completed the program since it was launched in
Essentially, the YPA is
a two-week condensed version of the actual police
academy. The day begins with Marine Corps, police
academy-trained, drill instructors. Recruits are
then brought inside for the classroom portion.
Throughout the two weeks, they will have presentations
from some of the finest law enforcement organizations in
the country including the Freehold Borough Police
Department, the FBI, the DEA, the Secret Service, the
Air Marshals, and many more.
At around noon, we bus
them over to the Park Avenue School where we serve
After lunch, we hold
our more hands-on activities including motor vehicle
stops, ground fighting, mock search warrants, felony
The day finishes with
an hour of physical training by our New Jersey Police
Training Commission certified PT instructor.
On the Thursday of the
second week we have a barbeque where former recruits are
welcomed back for a reunion.
And on the evening of
the second Friday, we hold our graduation ceremony.
The graduation is a
formal ceremony and is very impressive. It is
designed to properly acknowledge the recruits for the
incredible accomplishment of completing this program.
Currently, the program
is run by DSgt. Andrew A. DeMuth Jr., Sgt. Ronnie R.
Steppat Jr., Ptl. Kevin Werner, and Ptl. Shaun Hobbs.
For more information,
please see our
Frequently Asked Questions Below.
How may I help the
When the YPA was first
launched it was paid for with federal grants.
After the economy collapsed, the grants disappeared.
It is now up to the coordinators of the program to
engage in various fundraising activities to keep it
going. We welcome and encourage donations to help
keep the YPA going.
How intense is the
The YPA is an extremely
intense experience. There is little difference
between how the drill instructors treat actual police
recruits and our recruits with the exception of their
colorful language. Otherwise, the volume and
intensity is no different.
Is the age
No. Kids must be
between 12 and 16 at the time of the application
deadline (usually in or around May) in order to
participate in the YPA.
Is this similar to a
boot camp program for children with disciplinary issues?
Absolutely not, and it
would not work in that respect. In fact, we would
not accept any kid who doesn't want to participate.
Many of our kids go on to college and beyond.
My child is not
interested in the law enforcement field.
No problem. In
fact, our goal is not to sell them on law enforcement at
all. We have had some kids develop an interest in
law enforcement as a result of the program, but it makes
absolutely no difference to us. The important
thing is that they choose a field that makes them
How intense is the
They are going to
sweat. A lot. They will be pushed hard and
are expected to give us their best. On the second
Thursday, we hold The Miracle Mile which is a
mile-long run right through the Freehold Borough
downtown. There will be police cars with lights
and siren in front and behind the group for safety, and
officers wearing traffic vests will run along both
We slowly build their
endurance up during the first eight days of the program.
We also suggest that in the weeks preceding the YPA they
put down the X-Box and start light exercising to build
up their cardio, of course,
clearance forms are required prior to the program, and
they must be signed by the child's physician.
Do I have to be a
resident to apply?
Borough residents do get preference, but we usually have
extra spots. We've had families bring their kids
from as far away as Millstone and Monmouth Beach.
When do the
applications come out, and how can I get one?
The applications are
put out in the spring. It will be announced here,
FBPD Facebook page, and on the
Youth Police Academy Facebook page.
How long is the
The YPA runs for two
solid weeks. Recruits must come every day.
On the Friday of week 2, we have the graduation at the
Freehold Borough High School which usually begins in the
What are the hours?
Recruits have to report
and be ready for inspection by 7:45 a.m. The
drop-off location is our headquarters at 36 Jackson
Pickup time is 4:45
p.m. at the Park Avenue School located at 280 Park
Does my child have
to attend every day?
Yes. Again, we
require that they attend every day and complete the
What about children
with special needs?
program would be too intense for most special needs
children. However, we would be glad to arrange a
tour including visiting officers and detectives, seeing
the jail cells, sitting in the patrol car, etc.
Is there a cost?
Through our fundraising
efforts, we have been able to keep the program available
at no cost.
Is lunch included?
Yes, and there is no
cost. We rotate between pizza and subs. On
the second Thursday we have a barbeque where all former
recruits come for a reunion.
May my child bring
his/her own lunch?
What about the
uniforms. Is there a cost for them?
You keep asking about
cost. There is no cost whatsoever. We
promise. On day 1, we will provide shirts, hats,
books, and pens. Our only request is that they
wear khaki shorts with a belt and sneakers.
My child previously
graduated from the program but wants to come back and
Known as "the red
shirts," former students may come back and assist with
current classes. In 2014, we expanded this program
and created the FBPD Youth Leadership Program. This
program runs year round and is designed to take the kids
to the next step by promoting leadership, followership,
If you have any
questions now, please feel free to contact any of our
YPA coordinators at (732) 462-1233:
Andrew A. DeMuth Jr.
Sgt. Ronnie R. Steppat Jr.
Ptl. Kevin Werner
Ptl. Shaun Hobbs