The WWP News in conjunction with West Windsor Gives Back, a new community organization, will be running articles throughout 2018 in celebration of the West Windsor Police Department’s 50th anniversary.
West Windsor Police Officer Kyle LaForge gets to live out his dream each day. A native of West Windsor, LaForge knew at a young age he wanted to be a police officer.
A 2013 graduate of High School North, LaForge played third base for the school’s baseball team and was a tight end, linebacker and kicker for the football team.
It was while at North that LaForge began to consider a career in law enforcement. He took part in North’s senior options program that matches students with an internship in their field of interest.
As part of the program, LaForge was able to spend time at the West Windsor Police Department and experience police work firsthand, including going on ride-alongs. He said it was then that he “fell in love with the job and never looked back.”
After high school, LaForge enrolled in the police academy and joined the West Windsor Police Department shortly after graduating in 2016.
He says he loves the excitement of police work and “never knowing what the day will bring.”
For example, last summer LaForge was dispatched to North Post Road at Ward Road, where a woman was giving birth in her car, assisted by her husband. They had been trying to get to the hospital but the baby girl had other ideas.
LaForge is also currently a student at Rutgers University where he majors in criminal justice. He says that going to a three-hour class following a 12-hour shift can be challenging but well worth it. After graduation he hopes to pursue a master’s.
LaForge attends as many community events as possible. He was at the West Windsor Gives Back WaterWorks event on June 22. LaForge says he has a close connection to his hometown and especially likes speaking with the children in the community. “I can relate to them. I grew up here, went to the same schools and did the same activities,” he says.
The magnitude of being able to serve in the town where he grew up is not lost on LaForge. He notes that most police officers don’t have the opportunity to work in their hometown.
“It’s not just a job,” he says. “I truly care about this community and am honored to wear the WWPD patch on my sleeve. It’s my dream come true. There is no other place I want to be.”
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WWGB invites the community to two more events this summer: Vehicle Day on July 14, at the West Windsor Library starting at 10 a.m., and National Night Out on Aug. 7, coordinated by the West Windsor Police Department and the township Recreation Department.
For more information about WWGB and the 2018 events celebrating the WW Police Department’s 50th Anniversary, or to donate towards the purchase of a drone for the police department. See WW Gives Back on Facebook, or send an email to email@example.com for more information.