Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) Foundation Funds NCPD Police Youth Academy for Police Athletic League Special Needs Program

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NCPD Foundation funds youth program to give special needs children a chance learn about being a police officer for a day

The Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) Foundation is funding a NCPD Police Youth Academy for 29 special needs students from the Police Athletic League program Saturday, November 15 at the NCPD Police Academy in Massapequa Park.

The Police Youth Academy, which was started in 2007, brings students from Nassau County School Districts to the Police Academy for a one-day modified academy. The Police Youth Academy exposes students to everyday police work and aims to establish a positive relationship between the Police Department and young adults.

“Thanks to the support of the Nassau County Police Department Foundation, we will host an exciting day for special needs students involved in the Police Athletic League,” said Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. “This program is important step in building a trust between children and the police.”

The Police Youth Academy which runs from 9am – 5pm consists of obstacle courses exercises demonstrating defensive tactics, police demonstrations and presentations by various department units including aviation, K9 and mounted.

“The Police Youth Academy program is extremely important for children in our community,” said Eric Blumencranz, Chairman of the NCPD Foundation. “We are happy to partner with the Police Athletic League to support their special needs program and provide a great day for these children.”

Each Police Youth Academy costs approximately $5,000 and through a grant from the NCPD Foundation last year of $20,000 this special police youth academy in conjunction with the Police Athletic League was able to occur.

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