There are several police training classes geared toward high school students around the country. These camps are provided at no cost to kids living in the area in which the classes are taught. Police youth training classes not only teach students about the law enforcement, but also improve communication between kids and the policing community.
Lakewood Police Youth Police Academy
Lakewood Police in Colorado offer a weeklong youth police academy during the summer months. Students enrolled in the program get a behind-the-scenes view of what it's like to be a police officer. During the week, they get to drive a police car, help solve a fake crime, try on SWAT gear, practice self-defence tactics and operate a police radar gun.
The program is open to teens between the ages of 16 and 18 and attend a Lakewood area public or private high school. Applicants must be either a junior or senior in high school and have at least a 2.0 grade point average. As of summer 2010, the program costs £6 and there is a £6 refundable deposit following the completion of the course. All applications must be submitted prior to June 1.
City of Lakewood Police Department
480 South Allison Parkway
Lakewood, CO 80226
Somerset County Police Youth Week
Somerset County's Sheriff's Office in New Jersey holds a youth week each summer at no cost for high school students. The program teaches kids about criminal justice and allows them to see what it's like to work in law enforcement. The program has been in operation since 1987.
Parents must complete an application form prior to registering their child by June 1. The program is typically offered during the month of July. All applicants must live in Somerset County and be enrolled in high school.
The program is sponsored by the Somerset County Chiefs of Police Association, Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and the Sheriff's Department.
Somerset County Police Academy
P.O. Box 3300
North Branch, NJ 08876
Amherst, New York Youth Police Academy
The Town of Amherst's Police Department offers an internship program for high school students who are interested in a career in law enforcement. The Youth Police Academy not only shows interns how a police department functions, but it also gives them a glimpse into what officers experience on a day-to-day basis.
This three-week academy is held during the summer months following the Fourth of July holiday. Students applying for the program must attend school in Amherst, New York. All applicants are subject to a background check and require parental permission to sign up. All applications must be received by May 1.
Students who complete the course receive high school credit toward the New York State Education Department's Career Exploration Internship Program, or CEIP.
Amherst Police Department
5583 Main St.
Williamsville, NY 14221
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