GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Youngsters eager to learn more about law enforcement will have an opportunity to learn the profession firsthand when the Greenburgh Police Department hosts its summer youth program.
Applicants began registering Thursday, May 22, for the popular program that has been a success due to the continued support of the department, the town of Greenburgh and major contributions from the Lanza Foundation.
"Our summer program has been extremely successful," Police Chief Chris McInerney said. "Our goal is to expose the youth of our community to various law enforcement careers while developing academic ability, physical fitness and self-esteem."
The Summer Youth Program completed its 15th year last August and included 28 teens from the Greenburgh community. The cadets trained at home and with numerous local and national agencies, including the Westchester County, New York City and local police, FBI, Greenburgh Town Court and the U.S. Secret Service Department Academy in Washington.
Greenburgh Police Officer and camp instructor David Zenon detailed the summer program's purpose.
"The cadets learn that having authority from being in law enforcement comes with an awesome responsibility," Zenon said. "It's just not about following rules and the science of police work. They get to understand the humanity behind police work and the fact that we're here to serve."
This year’s program, which will accommodate 25-30 youngsters, will be seven weeks long -- beginning on Monday, July 7, and ending with a graduation ceremony and barbecue on Aug. 23.
The camp is free for Greenburgh children ages 13-16.
Applications are available at the Greenburgh police headquarters, Greenburgh Parks and Recreation, Theodore D. Young Community Center, Greenburgh Town Hall, Greenburgh Housing Authority, Edgemont Middle/High School, Woodlands Middle/High School, Sacred Heart Church, Union Baptist Church and Christ Temple Church.
Completed applications are due no later than Sunday, June 1.