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Law Enforcement and Public Safety Freshmen Complete Community and County Awareness Program

Freshmen students in the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Magnet Program at Manalapan High School recently completed Monmouth County’s Community and County Awareness Program through the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. The group was recognized for completing the program on December 4th.

According to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s website, the program is designed to acquaint elementary and high school students with local and county agencies, local volunteer organizations and youth initiatives that provide essential services for the safety, security and day-to-day operations of communities and county. Participants who complete a list of documented visits and interviews can earn the Community Awareness Recognition Award, or, by completing an additional three visits to county offices in Freehold, the Community and County Awareness Recognition Award.

The students who completed both the Community and County Awareness Program are:

Alexander Beisel  

Alexander Kaplan   

Faith Capolupo 

Jack Kern  

Jimmy Bruno

Joe Palmieri

Nick Liegi  

Ryan Wosnitzer

Tara O’Beirne  

Will Heller  

The students who completed the Community Awareness Program are:

Andrew Pierce

Angelina Moench

Arwen Chen  

Bryce Enlow 

Eduardo Santos

Jack DiPiazza  

Jamison Sevilla        

Jonathan Gelb  

Liam Martin

Madison Melendez  

Mario Chierchia  

Michael Mennie  

Michael Padalec  

Riley McDonald  

Salvatore Campece     

Sydney Kwartin

Travis Van Orden, Jr.                    

The Law Enforcement and Public Safety Magnet Program is a highly focused four-year program for students with specific interests in law enforcement, firefighting, homeland security, and first response. The program of study includes law enforcement, physical training, and forensic science. In addition, students will receive training toward certification in various public safety areas, such as Red Cross First Aid and CPR, Hazmat, Incident Command, CBRNE, and FEMA specialized certifications. Skills and an expanded knowledge of the field is achieved through active participation in volunteer programs and a senior externship (SLE-structured learning experience). Students have externed at the following organizations: Monmouth County Communications Building; Fire departments; CentraState Hospital; Police departments; Freehold Township Building Inspection Office, Fire Inspection; Howell EMT/First Aid; Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office; and Monmouth County Courthouse.

After graduating the LEPS Magnet Program, students go on to post-secondary training and colleges such as Rutgers, US Coast Guard Academy, TCNJ, John Jay College, US Merchant Marine Academy, George Washington University, Rider, Temple, Virginia Tech, and many others.  Many decide to enlist in the various branches of the US Military as well.

LEPs students at the Community and County Awareness Program recognition