Sheriff’s 7th Annual Youth Academy

Officer Tara Halpin
Phone: 908-527-4032
Address: 10 Elizabethtown Plaza Elizabeth, NJ 07207

• Youth Academy brochure

The Union County Sheriff’s Office will be holding its annual youth academy this summer. This is a FREE program that is designed to provide the youths in our communities the opportunity to gain insight into the everyday functions and training of the variety of law enforcement agencies and emergency services in our government. The youth academy is not a boot camp for troubled youth. It is a program offered to students who have an interest in law enforcement. The daily curriculum includes physical training, hands on learning, demonstrations from specialized units such as the SWAT Team, K-9, State Police and Federal Agencies. The cadets also get the experience of class trips to agencies that include the Fire Academy, US Marshals, FBI, and Correctional Facilities to name a few.

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1. This program is offered to students who have an interest in law enforcement.

2. You get the opportunity to train at the actual police academy in Scotch Plains, NJ.

3. Daily activities include physical training, hands-on learning demonstrations from specialized units such as SWAT Team, K-9, State Police and DEA.

4. This program offers class trips to government agencies such as Fire Academy, US Marshals and the FBI.

The Sheriff’s Youth Academy is not a “boot camp” for troubled youth. It is designed to operate like an actual academy for those interested in law enforcement.


The Union County Sheriff’s Youth Academy will commence on the grounds of the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains; an attractive and functional campus whose instructional staff is comprised of experts in various areas of law enforcement.


Self Defense, Physical Fitness Training, Crime Scene & K-9 Training Handcuffing & Baton Techniques, Military Etiquette – Drill & Ceremony, Basic First Aid & Fire Safety, Patrol Practices & Much, Much More.


Thank you for a successful 2014, see everyone next year.

Applicants must currently be in the grades of 7th to 12th to be eligible.

Provide a copy of your most recent report card.

*If you are home-schooled, please provide explanation of equivalent.


Applications can be downloaded by clicking here or by calling Officer Tara Halpin at 908-527-4032.


The Sheriff’s Youth Academy will adhere to a strict paramilitary code of conduct. All recruits will be expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the rules and guidelines of the John H. Stamler Police Academy.

Recruits will be required to participate to the best of their abilities in all scheduled activities. At any time the program director may terminate a recruit from participating in the Sheriff’s Youth Academy for non compliance with the rules set forth in the Academy guidelines.


Applications will be sent to the attention of:

S/O Tara Halpin
Union County Sheriff’s Office
Administration Building, 1st Floor
10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth, NJ 07207

Eligibility Criteria:

Any Union County student currently enrolled in grades 7th-12th. All applications must have a minimum GPA of 2.70 (B- average). Also, all applicants must have their parents/guardians sign all waivers, obtain a medical release note from their physician and have a one page referral from a non-family member. Applications may be obtained by calling or emailing Sheriff’s Officer Tara Halpin at 908-527-4032 or at All completed applications will be reviewed to ensure that each applicant meets the requirements.

Fee Information:

This is a FREE program! Uniforms and all supplies will be provided for the cadets. Transportation to and from the facilities are the responsibility of the parents/guardians. Lunch will not be provided due to dietary and special nutritional needs/allergies.