Bloomfield Citizen Police Academy Begins Soon; Residents Must Apply by Friday

This year’s Bloomfield Citizen Police Academy academy is open to Montclair and Glen Ridge residents also, and will be co-led by Montclair and Bloomfield law enforcement officers

The highly successful, free yearly Bloomfield Citizen Police Academy will begin Tuesday, February 5, and residents are encouraged to apply by this Friday, January 25.

The Citizen Police Academy was created after Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio joined the Department in 2015, reflecting his model of community policing, where officers are part of the community for celebrations and insightful events, as well as during emergencies. The first two years, the academy was organized exclusively with Bloomfield Police personnel, and exclusively for Bloomfield residents, but in 2017, the Department partnered with Montclair, and invited Montclair residents to participate. Now, it is expanding to include Glen Ridge.

The nine-week course will cover topics such as basic Police Academy training, traffic enforcement, crime scene investigation, appropriate use of force, K-9 Units, community policing, and more. It will run every Tuesday night from February 5 through April 2 at 6:00pm at the Christ Episcopal Church at 74 Park Avenue, Glen Ridge.

The yearly program includes exciting trips to the Essex County Police Academy. Last year, Essex County Sheriff’s officers brought in a K-9 unit to conduct a demonstration of several different K-9’s assignments to different details such as drug sniffing or bomb sniffing. This year’s group will take a trip to the Essex County Police Academy to use the Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) machine and observe a weapons qualification from a certified firearms instructo

Last year’s academy graduated 28 civilians, with a special reception and ceremony held to honor graduates and participating officers. All participants will receive a free shirt.

Applications must be received by Friday, January 25. Email to, or mail to Bloomfield Police Department, ℅ Community Policing Unit, 1 Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield, NJ 07003.

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