The Youth Police Academy is a 40-hour program for 16-18 year olds to experience what it's like to be a police agent. The academy is designed to be a hands-on, active experience for motivated youth who will have the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from police agents in a safe environment. Through team-building exercises, classroom instruction and numerous realistic training activities, participants learn to appreciate for the challenges facing police - and how police attempt to accomplish their mission in our community.
Who should apply? Future police officers, aspiring criminal justice workers and high school students who have a general interest in civics, government and the community are encouraged to apply. An application is available to the right. Please read the application and follow the instructions thoroughly.
- 16-18 years old or attending a Lakewood school (public or private school)
- Students must have parental or guardian approval in writing
- Completed at least the 10th grade
- Possess a valid Colorado driver's license or permit
- GPA of at least 2.0
- Eagerness to learn more about the police and criminal justice system
- Complete an application and submit to a background check
- $20 registration fee
Check out the Youth Police Academy video!