Youth Community Police Academy

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Join the next community academy!

The next youth community police academy will be held in fall of 2021. Whether you are interested in criminal law, forensics, investigations or want to find out what it takes to be a police officer, the Menlo Park youth academy is for you. 
The youth academy shares first-hand information on how and why the department operates, and takes a look at the culture of police work and the organization. It provides an excellent opportunity for participants to interact with department members. This academy in an educational setting which allows youth to ask questions openly and to discuss with police staff any concerns they may have with law enforcement. It also gives them time to explore their curiosity and to provide them an opportunity to see a different perspective, through a law enforcement lens, of why police officers do what they do.
This six-week program is open to grades 8 to 12 (13 years old to 18 years old), and takes place on Saturdays, in the fall starting in September 2021 and ending on October 2021. The hours are generally from from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. All supplies, equipment and lunch are provided for participants. 

  • Get an overview of police operations and structure
  • Learn about services and programs
  • Participate in a classroom setting and role-playing exercises

Applicant requirements

  • Academy classes are limited to 25 students
  • Attendees must be at least 13 years but not older than 18 years
  • A separate parental/guardian consent form will be required and provided before a child participates in the youth academy.
  • Applicants with a felony conviction will be disqualified
NOTE: Academy participants are not expected to perform actual police officer duties and may elect to not take part in any of the practical exercises.

Course topics

  • Laws of arrest/search and seizure
  • K-9 demonstrations
  • Officer equipment
  • Gangs
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Defensive tactics
  • Narcotics
  • Investigations
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Fire safety
  • Traffic and DUI enforcement