Youth Police Academy
The Henrico Youth Police Academy is designed to bolster the relationships between law enforcement and youth, while exposing them to a possible future career in law enforcement. During this one-week academy, students will participate in both classroom instruction and practical exercises in which they assume the role of an officer. They will gain insight into the various situations police encounter, and learn how and why officers respond to and handle these situations.
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Participants will learn about the benefits of public service and the challenges and demands associated with law enforcement as a profession. They will meet with and hear from members of special police units and gain a deeper understanding of each unit’s responsibilities and how they work together with patrol officers. Students will leave with a better understanding of the risks and responsibilities officers accept in keeping all citizens safe.
Youth Police Academy Topics, Demonstrations and Tours
- Patrol Operations and Procedures
- Traffic Stops and Crash Investigations
- Emergency Vehicle Operations Training (EVOT) *New this year
- Forensics and Crime Scene Investigations
- Police Simulator
- DUI Investigations and Practical Exercises
- Building Searches
- Hostage Negotiations
- Domestic Violence Investigations
- Non-Lethal Weapons and TASER Demonstration
- ERT Demonstrations
- K9 Unit Demonstrations
- Defensive Tactics and Officer Survival *New this year
- Henrico Jail Facility Tour
- Henrico County Courts Observational Visit
- Basic Police Academy Obstacle Course
How to Receive this Service
To participate in the 2023 Henrico Youth Police Academy, applicants must complete and submit an application package by the Friday, May 12, deadline. Applications should be returned to:
Henrico Police, School Services Unit
Attn: Sergeant C.C. Mahone
PO Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273
Applicants must also meet the following criteria to participate in the academy:
- Be 14-17 years old
- Reside in Henrico County
- Pass a criminal background check
This week-long academy will be held starting Monday, July 31, 2023. It will conclude with a graduation ceremony and catered lunch on Friday, August 4, 2023. Each day begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m.
All participants will need to find transportation methods to and from the Henrico County Police Training Facility.