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May 2023 issue of the Clinton Township Newsletter

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2 m a y 2 0 2 3 W W W . C L I N T O N T W P N E W S L E T T E R . C O M Family Owned and Operated Over 70 Years U.S. Highway 22 E. Whitehouse NJ 08888 908•534•2125 e-mail: HEATING OIL • GASOLINE • DIESEL FUEL • BURNER SERVICE • POST-HOLE DIGGING Oriental Rug Specialist Since 1934 Sale & Service of Oriental Rugs & Carpets Locally Owned and Operated by Phil & Diane Koury 185 Center St., Clinton 908.735.4499 Ask Officer Raff: Dear Officer Raff, What is National Police week, and how did it begin? Is that a "thing" here in Hunterdon County? Thank you, from An Officer's Daughter Dear Officer's Daughter, N a t i o n a l P o l i c e W e e k o c c u r s every May, and in 2023 we will be commemorating it with live, in-person events. The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum will hold ceremonies, including the 35th Annual Candlelight Vigil, to honor the fallen officers whose names have recently been added to the Memorial. The 35th Annual Candlelight Vigil will be held on Saturday, May 13. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America's law enforcement community. Visit: for more information. Sincerely, Officer Raff n Officer Raffaella Vastola grew up locally in Kingwood Township, and has been in law enforcement for almost two decades, serving many of them with CTPD. She, her husband and their five children currently live in Raritan Township. One of their sons is following Raff's footsteps – he's beginning his law enforcement career after serving in the Marines. Officer Raff thinks Clinton Township is a wonderful place to work, live and raise a family, and she's very proud to serve and protect our community with a dedicated group of men and women who help to keep it that way for everyone. n JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY RETURNS! The Clinton Township Police are pleased to announce the return of our Junior Police Academy! This year, the Academy will be held from June 26, 2023, through July 1. We will once again be partnering with South Branch Emergency Services to bring this worthwhile program to our youth. The Academy is open to young adults who are 12 - 16 years of age as of June 30, 2023; preference will be given to Township residents. The Junior Police Academy is designed to motivate young people to be outstanding citizens through law enforcement education and encourages our young citizens to be partners, in building a safer community; a cornerstone for community policing. The program runs for one week each summer and it educates its participants on the various facets of criminal law, procedure, and enforcement. The academy is generally held within the public school district and includes both theoretical and practical lessons in a variety of areas. Additionally, recruits are treated to several off-site trips to Law Enforcement-related venues. Most young people do not understand what police officers do, or why they do it. The Junior Police Academy is designed to take the mystery out of law enforcement and to provide a positive learning environment transforming the conception that police officers merely respond to crimes, to being positive role models and a pro-active force in creating safe communities. While not all the participants that attend this academy may want to become police officers in the future, the program does instill confidence and a sense of achievement within our young recruits. Overall, the Junior Police Academy has proven to be a valuable experience for all involved and has provided a vital link between the Police Department and the youth of Clinton Township. The overwhelming success of the Junior Police Academy has far exceeded the expectations of everyone involved. This program attracts a highly motivated group of recruits, and the Instructors thoroughly enjoy their interaction with these young people. Please check our website (www. or follow us on Facebook and Instagram, where we will share more details, including applications, soon!

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