Chief Michael Lyle announces that registration for the 2022 Melrose Jr. Police Academy has begun. This tradition has been a summer hit for our city’s youths for the past several years. The academy is open to students in Grades 4-8 who attend Melrose schools or private schools.

During the week, cadets will meet several of Melrose’s finest, including Patrolmen, Detectives, K9s and Handlers, Traffic Officers, Prosecutors, Bicycle Unit Members, and for the soon-to-be Middle School students the School Resource Officers.

Additionally, there will be many opportunities to get up and close with some of the equipment and emergency vehicles, as well as one full day with Melrose Fire Department. The instruction periods will educate on dozens of topics from internet safety, the dangers of drugs, first aid, traffic safety, as well as learning what Melrose Police Officers do every day to keep our city safe.

Parents may sign up their children for one week only. Here is the class schedule:

  • Week 1 class: June 27–July 1
  • Week 2 class: July 11-15
  • Week 3 class: Aug. 1-5

Applications can be picked up anytime at the Melrose Police Station, 56 West Foster St. There are NO signups online, so please fill out application and deliver then back to that station. Classes fill quickly and are first-come, first-served.

This program has remained free thanks to generous donations by local businesses. If you would like to donate or have questions, please contact Sgt. Nikolaus MacIntosh,

Tom Zuppa is a JGPR Account Executive based in North Andover. He can be reached at 978-769-5614 or

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