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‘Personal Safety For High School Seniors’ Offered At Police Academy

Somerset County high school seniors are eligible to participate in the “Personal Safety for High School Seniors” program 6-9 p.m. May 28 and June 11 at the Somerset County Emergency Services Academy 402 Roycefield Rd., Hillsborough.

Covered topics will include victimization, predators, situational awareness, personal safety tips, identifying potential safety issues, dealing with a physical confrontation, being a good witness and basic unarmed defense techniques, according to a release on the program. It is the intended goal of this program to prepare our graduating seniors with an additional life skill set, namely, the ability to identify potential concerns in the real world and to provide suggestions and training on how to respond to those situations, according to the release.

The program is sponsored by Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, Somerset County Police Academy Director Richard Celeste, Interim Executive County Superintendent for Somerset County Schools Kathleen C. Serafino and Timothy Purnell, President of Somerset County Association of School Administrators.

Each class will be limited to 50 participants, according to the release.

Participants should dress in loose, comfortable clothing since the program will be both informative and interactive. It is also recommended that all attendees bring a bottle of water or other favorite hydrating beverage.

The Police Academy is operated by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office in cooperation with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police.

Each session is free but pre-registration is required by May 21. Parents are welcome to attend; however, they will be separated from their senior(s).

Individuals can register for the training by visiting www.scpo.net, and selecting the “Police Academy” tab.  Once at the Police Academy site, choose the “Register Here” tab, locate the class, and follow the on-line instructions.

For more information contact DSG Lisa Gilmurray, Somerset County Police Academy at (908) 541-5034 or Gilmurray@co.somerset.nj.us.

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