How are seasonal cops down the shore trained? Officials won't say

David Madden
May 31, 2018 - 5:12 pm

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Authorities in Cape May County continue to probe the Memorial Day weekend incident in Wildwood involving a couple seasonal police officers and a Philadelphia-based beachgoer, which resulted in a violent arrest that is still circulating the web.

And it appears local officials are going to great lengths not to discuss it.

Body cam footage released by the Wildwood Police Department shows the arrest of 20-year-old Emily Weinman, after another beachgoer's video went viral showing one cop punching Weinman in the head during the arrest. 

The county prosecutor has asked for patience while his investigation continues.

But KYW Newsradio inquired about just how seasonal police officers are trained down the shore — and our results suggest no one wants to talk.

Cape May County has a police training academy, but no one answers the phone there.

Attempts to get an official answer have gone all the way to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.

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While Trenton, New Jersey, officials couldn't answer the question either, they did provide an explanation of what those officers are empowered to do. 

They're called special law enforcement officers, who are dissected into two levels.

Class 1 officers are unarmed and can issue a summons. Class 2 have full police authority, but can only carry a gun while on duty. 

There are no guidelines involving how to handle an argument with a citizen, which would presumably be addressed during training.