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10/07/2019

College Returns Public Safety Academy to Essex County

Dr. Munroe, at table on right, with Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill (left) and County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr at the Oct. 4 Public Safety Academy conveyance

With the stroke of a pen from Essex County College’s President, Dr. Anthony E. Munroe, the College has officially turned over the Public Safety Academy to Essex County. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill also signed the document at the ceremony on October 4.

The conveyance ends the College’s 20 year tenure as trustee of the Academy in Cedar Grove, where the signing took place. Originally called the Essex County College Police Academy, the name was changed a few years ago to reflect the wider scope of also training firefighters and other emergency response personnel.

“Today we turn the mantle of leadership of the Academy back to the County of Essex, our true partner. We are confident that the Academy will continue to produce quality individuals who will serve and protect the residents of Essex County and beyond,” Dr. Munroe said.

The College’s Board of Trustees had approved the sale of the Academy to the County last year. The County is paying the College $6 million for the facility.

Dr. Munroe said that the returning of the Academy is another example of the College’s partnership with county government. He praised County Executive DiVincenzo’s ongoing support of the College, Essex County and public safety. “Our focus is STUDENTS FIRST,” added Dr. Munroe.