Twelve students from County Prep High School visited the Essex County College Police Academy on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. The tour included a presentation which outlined the educational and training requirements for careers in law enforcement. In addition, there was a Q&A session which gave the students “real-life” examples of the challenges and rewards of the profession. The students had the opportunity to try the “firearms simulator” designed to hone precision and accuracy skills. They also learned about the inner-workings of a real police car and were able to activate the sirens and give commands over the speaker system. The students witnessed first-hand the rigor and intensity of the physical training component of the program. Overall, they were exposed to a “true to life” training environment of new recruits which increased their awareness of the skills required to succeed in such a setting.