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
- 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
- Henrico Jail Facility Tour
- Henrico County Courts Observational Visit
- Basic Police Academy Obstacle Course
How to Receive this Service
To participate in the Henrico Youth Police Academy, you must complete and submit an application package. Applications must be received by the posted deadline. Once the application process opens (typically in spring), we will post announcements with all pertinent information, deadlines and links to download an application packet on our homepage as well as Henrico Police Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Henrico Youth Police Academy is held during Henrico County Public Schools’ summer break. Historically, the academy begins on Monday and concludes with a graduation ceremony and catered lunch on Friday. Students meet each day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Applicants must be between 15 and 17 years old, reside in Henrico County, attend a Henrico County Public School and pass a criminal background check.