Citizens graduate from police academy
set up after scientist’s killing
Fifty-five members of the Old Bridge community graduated last week from the
Citizens Police Academy, set up in the wake
of the murder of computer scientist
Divyendu Sinha in June last year.
At a ceremony at the municipal office the
community members were declared as having passed from the academy in the presence of Lieutenant Robert Greenway of Old
Bridge Police. The training aims at
strengthening neighborhood watch programs and imparting volunteers basic
After mounting public pressure following
the murder of the 49-Indian-old computer
scientist, the office of the Middlesex county
prosecutor and the Old Bridge township
had sponsored the CPA for members of the
Old Bridge community.
The CPA training was held from
December 2010 through March and
attended by 55 residents, including over 25
members of the citizens of Old Bridge, NJ,
representing over 250 residents in the
COBNJ founders Suresh Kumar and Satish Penkala with Lieutenant Robert Greenway of the Old Bridge Police at the CPA graduation event March 10
The program involved training in techniques like car stops and educating the
community on issues related to drugs and
gangs. The course was conduced once a
week for 13 weeks. The classes were
taught by experienced law enforcement
officers form the county and Old Bridge.
Suresh Kumar, founder, COBNJ, said
members and the community have benefited from the program.
‘It had made us aware of police techniques that will help us with our neighborhood watch program. Our goal is to
work with the authorities to keep our
neighborhoods safer. We thank the county and Old Bridge township officials who
made this happen and Lieutenant
Greenway and his colleagues for conducting the training program.,’ he said in a
Sinha was beaten to death by five 17-
year-olds, as he was taking an after-dinner walk with his family in Old Bridge,
New Jersey. Following a concerted
demand by Indian Americans, the prosecutors decided to try the juveniles as
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