On Saturday 10-June potential candidates for the Bogota Police Emergency Service Youth Academy Class 07 lined up early to pick-up an application for this Summers program. This year two applicants, Henry and Alyssa arrived, with their Parents, at the W. Broad st. Firehouse at 3:40AM. They wanted to be assure that they would get an application form. Slowing during the very early morning the line grew as others hoping to get a early start on their process joined in. The line extended the length of the driveway, then continued along W. Broad St until it almost reach Elm Ave to the East. There was a mix of past Cadet wanting a chance to be apart of the Academy for a second time. And others who wanted to experience what the Bogota Police Emergency Service Youth Academy firsthand. Director Sgt Craig Lynch took a moment to talk to those in line to make sure that they realize what they could be in for, and are they doing this for themselves. He also talked to some of the past Graduates and wonder if the Academy was "tough enough" last year, or should it be harder for this class. Sgt.Lynch also talked to some of the Parents who were taken out of bed on a Saturday Morning, to be supportive of their Children. He explained to the Parents, to let them know how much they are a part of Class 07 as well as the Cadet who will be accepted.
Finally 7:00a arrived and the door slowly opened to start the process. Academy Coordinator Anna Geraghty greeted the applicants by first pointing out the wait line on the floor. Then each person had to wait for their time to called forward. In a open, but firm manner "Miss Anna" started the Academy training. Only the applicant could approach the table. "It is called the Youth Academy not the Parents Academy she would say to a few overly concerned Parents". She instructed the applicants that while standing at the desk hands should be out of one's pockets, and away for her table. She told them that she needed to hear the answers to her questions and would not move on until a proper volume of response was given. Miss Anna also welcomed returning Cadet with a smile and the same type question of " are you sure you want to do this AGAIN?" While happily handing them the form for Class 07.
Some applicants were so eager to be accepted that they stayed in the area to fill out their forms and return them as soon as possible. Approximately 70-80 forms were distributed, for one of the 56 opening in Class 07. Application must be return to The Bogota Police Headquarters now later than Saturday-17-June.
The Academy will take place starting Thursday-3-August with an assessment day through Graduation on Tuesday 15-August . The normal Academy duty day will run for 7:30a to 4:00p. The First training day will take place on Friday 4-August. Then the Duty week will be from Monday 7-August to Tuesday 14-August. The Cadets will have the weekend off. A typical Duty day will consist of class work and training sessions about life skills, hygiene, and community service. The other part of the duty day will involve hands on training from all emergency service disciplines.
For more information, about the Bogota Police Emergency Services Youth Academy please visit their website at : www.bpesya.com or by email at BPESYA@outlook.com
The Bogota Police Emergency Services Youth Academy has been developing the Students of Bogota, and is recognized one of the finest youth programs in Northern New Jersey.This program is becoming an important part in the the education of Bogota Students.
On Friday-23 June Bogota Police Emergency Service Youth Academy will host a fundraising dinner starting at 7:00p. This will be held at the Bogota VFW Hall located at 241 W. Shore Ave. Bogota, NJ. Admission is $25 for Adults and $15 for Student with tickets available at the door. Included will be a Buffet Dinner along with highlights from past Academy Classes and raffle prizes. At this event the first 10 names will be announced to be Cadet for Class 07.
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