A spinoff of the Citizens’ Police Academy was created in 2001 for youths between the ages of 9 and 13 years old. Many of the adult participants requested some type of session for their children; therefore, the Youth Police Academy was conceived. Due to the first session’s popularity, the year 2002 saw an extended attendance day. The first academy was only four hours a day for one week; however, Session 2 saw the hours extended to an eight hour day for one week. Since such positive response has continued, there are now two sessions held per summer. The Youth Police Academy
attempts to expand the youths’ knowledge of the Law Enforcement profession, as well as introduce them to the prospect of obtaining a Law Enforcement career. However, along with this option comes the introduction of being a concerned and active community member. The youth’s exposure ranges from school violence to crime scene investigation. Each session also includes a tour of the West Georgia Boot Camp. At the conclusion of each session, a graduation ceremony is held for the participants, much like that of the adult Citizens’ Police Academy.
Note: The 2019 Youth Police Academy is full and no longer accepting applications. Thank you for your interest.