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Scared Straight In Bergen County

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The Police Youth Academy in Bergen County, New Jersey offers its own form of a scared-straight program for teenagers. The two-week program is for high school age adolescents to go through a boot camp, very similar to police training. The campers train in a boot camp and also with the canine unit and SWAT unit.

Kennedy, a cadet in the camp, explained that she is in the program because her parents had a problem with her attitude.

“I’m very sarcastic, but I mean it in a joking way, but some people do not take it as a joke,” Kennedy explained.

Another cadet, Ryan “Hardcore” Bonvino, is also enrolled in the two week program. He has quickly set records for the most push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups in the camp.

“I want to be a police officer, it’s my personal desire, and I feel that this is an opportunity for me to experience it, and to see if this is what I want to do later in my life,” Bonvino explained.

The camp shows teens what it is like to be a police officer, and also gives them the discipline that they will need later in life.

 

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