2020 Morris County Public Safety Youth Academy

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The Morris County Department of Law & Public Safety, along with the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, are pleased to announce the eighth-annual Morris County Public Safety Youth Academy (MCPSYA). This program will be coordinated by the Morris County Office of Emergency Management and will be held at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy. 

The MCPSYA is a five-day program open to all Morris County, New Jersey residents who will be entering grades 9 – 12 in the fall of 2020. The MCPYSA is sponsored by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and is free of charge to the cadets. 

The MCPSYA is a distinctive program that exposes our cadets to the many facets of the public safety field, and focuses on introducing our cadets to real-world issues happening across the world today. This intensive program will provide cadets with hands-on experience in the fields of Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, and more. To learn more about the mission of the Morris County Public Safety Youth Academy, please select “Read More” below.



Morris County Public Safety Youth Academy Mission

The Morris County Public Safety Youth Academy (MCPSYA) strives to provide high school students with exposure to the highly rewarding field of public safety. At a time when many of our cadets are about to begin a new chapter of their lives, and decisions for the future are of the utmost importance, the MCPSYA strives to afford each cadet with the opportunity to better understand the field of public safety. Our goal is to aid young adults in making a potentially life-changing professional commitment that will benefit themselves, and their community.

Multifaceted Approach

Most youth academies focus strictly on law enforcement. We aspire to provide cadets with relevant and appropriate hands-on experience, allowing them to make an educated decision on their futures. To achieve this goal, we expose the cadets to police, fire, and EMS- a unique approach unlike any youth program in this area. By allowing them to participate in so many aspects of public safety, the cadet can realize an interest in a field previously unfamiliar to them.

Physical Training
​Reaching and maintaining a top level of physical fitness in all fields of public safety is crucial. Whether carrying a patient down a flight of stairs, pursuing a suspect on foot, or fighting the pressure of a charged hose line, endurance and strength are key. Cadets will take part in daily PT sessions and learn what the exercise regimen of the real police recruits consists of.

Cadets will witness demonstrations from the Morris County Sheriff's Emergency Response Team/Special Operations Group, K9 Unit, and Bomb Squad. They will participate in a virtual firearms training simulator and investigate their own mock crime scene set up by the Morris County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Section. With such a wide variety of specializations in law enforcement, cadets will have great exposure to some of the options. 


There is no better way to understand the field of firefighting than actually fighting a fire yourself. Seasoned veterans will instruct cadets on the basic techniques of fighting a fire. They will fight controlled fires in the Morris County Fire Training Compound with hoses and foam extinguishers and learn to breach a door to make entry in to a burning building.

Emergency Medical Services

Medical emergencies are not restricted to convenient times and places. Whether a cadet chooses a career in public safety or not, they might find themselves in a situation where they must assist a stranger. Cadets will learn valuable EMS techniques from community EMS professionals. 

Multifaceted Approach

Our team seeks to provide our cadets with relevant and appropriate hands-on experience in the public safety field, introducing them to real-world concepts that occur every day in this profession. In order to achieve our mission, the MCPSYA is uniquely designed to expose cadets to the professions of Police, Fire, and EMS. We have some of Morris County’s top public safety professionals across all disciplines serving as instructors to assist our staff throughout the week, allowing our cadets to learn from the best.





Please submit your questions by completing the form below:

Morris County Office of Emergency Management

GPS Location:

500 West Hanover Avenue

Morristown, NJ 07960

Mailing Addres:

P.O. Box 900

Morristown, NJ 07963-0900

RE: Youth Academy

Tel: 973-829-8600

Fax: 973-829-8604

Morris County

Public Safety Youth Academy

Academy: July 27, 2020 - July 31, 2020

Application: Open until April 24, 2020

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