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Law Enforcement and Public Safety Magnet Program

When an emergency call comes in, first responders immediately jump to action. Students in the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Magnet Program learn about what it takes to be one of the first on the scene.

The Law Enforcement and Public Safety Magnet Program, housed at Manalapan High School, is a highly focused four-year program for students with specific interests in law enforcement, firefighting, homeland security, and emergency management. The program of study includes law enforcement, physical training, and forensic science. Students in the program receive hands-on learning experiences, including visits to places like the New Jersey Transit Police Department and local fire academy. Guest speakers including individuals from the Federal Bureau of Investigation visit throughout the year to inform students about career options. Skills and expanded knowledge of the field are achieved through active participation in volunteer programs and a senior externship (structured learning experience). Externship locations have included Monmouth County Communications Building, fire departments of Asbury Park and Long Branch, CentraState Hospital, police departments of Manalapan and Howell, Freehold Township Building Inspection Office and Fire Inspection, Howell EMT/First Aid, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, and the Monmouth County Courthouse. 

In addition to these learning experiences, students in the program receive training towards certification in various areas of public safety, including First Aid and CPR, Hazmat, Incident Command, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive materials (CBRNE). Students can also complete online specialized certification courses for career-specific programs in the areas of protective equipment training and cybersafety/security. 

A post-secondary articulation agreement is in place with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. This agreement allows students who completed the magnet program and were accepted into John Jay to automatically receive six college credits upon committing. In addition, a tech-prep agreement with Brookdale Community College allows students who completed the magnet program to challenge a professor’s final exam in order to earn three college credits in his/her second year at Brookdale. In order to be eligible for these opportunities, students must pass the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) exam in Criminal Justice. 

After graduating the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Magnet Program, students have elected to attend post-secondary training and colleges such as Rutgers University, the United States Coast Guard Academy, the College of New Jersey, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, George Washington University, Rider University, Temple University, and Virginia Tech. Many students decide to enlist in the various branches of the United States Military as well. The program’s alumni are employed at many prestigious organizations in the law enforcement and public safety fields including local police departments like Freehold Township, Englishtown and Marlboro; the Jersey City Fire Department; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Freehold Building Inspection Office--Fire Inspection; Monmouth County Communications - First Responders; Marlboro Township Police Dispatch; and even include SWAT-trained officer in Houston, Texas. 

Students with a drive to help their communities in times of need will receive an excellent foundation for their future careers at the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Magnet Program.