Junior Police Academy

The Junior Police was started in 1997 by Deputy Chief David M. Poirier and has been held annually ever since. The academy has grown so much over the years that Upper Gwynedd now collaborates with officers in Towamencin, Hatfield, Lansdale, and Montgomery to have a joint Police Academy held at the Lansdale Area YMCA. The Academy is held on a Saturday and introduces children to the many aspects of police employment from physical fitness exercises to anti-drug education and how the use of drugs affects our community. Appearances of special emergency services including fire and emergency medical personnel are included in the experience. Other special services that have appeared in the past are a Medivac Helicopter, State Police Helicopter, canines, the Philadelphia Mounted Equine Unit, the Montgomery County Bomb Squad and the North Penn Tactical Response Team.

Upper Gwynedd Police Department is grateful for the assistance of staff, outside agencies and the volunteers that come out every year to make this day memorable for the cadets.