Polytech Recognizes Jennie M. Haver Foundation for Contribution to Law Enforcement, Homeland Security Programs

In recognition of the contributions made by the Jennie M. Haver Memorial Scholarship Fund to Hunterdon County Polytech, the school recently held an event allowing members of Jennie Haver’s Board of Trustees and Hunterdon County officials to see how Polytech utilized the Foundation’s $50,000 gift.

The event, held Thursday, February 25th, featured the Meggitt FATS L7 Training Simulator—a state-of-the art law enforcement training tool utilized by the New York Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Students of Polytech’s Law & Criminal Justice and Homeland Security programs were on hand to demonstrate how the Simulator prepares individuals to respond in a variety of real-life situations. The Simulator utilizes virtual reenactments of actual scenarios, allowing the user to understand the pressures and difficulties that can present themselves to law enforcement officials.

“We are very thankful to the Jennie M. Haver Foundation for their generous gift that will significantly strengthen the law enforcement programs at Polytech. In addition, we thank everyone that attended the event and appreciate the support we have received,” said Dr. Kimberly Metz, Superintendent of Hunterdon County Vocational School District (HCVSD).

HCVSD Board President Elizabeth Martin, Board Member Kevin Gilman, Freeholder Director Suzanne Lagay, Hunterdon County Sheriff Frederick Brown, Flemington Police Chief George Becker, and Detective Scott Iglay of Raritan Township Police Department also attended the event. Lt. Mark Taggert, instructor of Polytech’s Law & Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, was present to discuss his programs and the impact the Simulator will have on preparing his students for careers in law enforcement.

“Exposing our students to this kind of training provides them invaluable experience that they could one day refer to in a high-pressure situation,” said Lt. Taggert.

The Jennie M. Haver Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1956 to honor its namesake, who was a pioneer in education throughout Hunterdon County. Her niece, Miss Ella Haver, followed in her footsteps, working as a science teacher until 1971. Since then, Ella has served as the President of the Scholarship Fund, which has given over $1.7 million to more than 550 students that demonstrated a need for financial assistance and had achieved academic achievement. The celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Fund, the Board of Trustees offered awards of $50,000 to the 6 Hunterdon County High Schools, which includes Polytech. The $50,000 gift is the largest in Polytech’s 20 year history.