Enrollment Now Open for the City of Carrollton Junior Police Academy
The Carrollton Police Department will host the Junior Police Academy this summer for students currently enrolled in grades six through eight in Carrollton or who live in Carrollton and are completing those grades in another city. The main focus of the program is to expose middle school aged children to a wide range of police activities. To qualify, students must be in good standing at their school, as well as in the community. Applications are due by Sunday, May 12.
“The Junior Police Academy program is a great opportunity for middle school students to learn more about the people and the processes behind the uniform,” Carrollton Police Chief Derick Miller said. “It’s a time to share experiences, have some fun, and discover how we can work together as a team to build a better community.”
The free, week-long camp teaches the basics of law enforcement in hands-on experiences involving interactive training, demonstrations, and class participation in scenario situations. Students will learn about police equipment, vehicles, and CPD’s Motorcycle Unit, including how to run radar, make a traffic stop, and write citations. Participants will be taught how to investigate a crime scene, search a building, and negotiate hostage situations as well as how police investigators and the SWAT team operates. Campers will also be able to meet CPD’s K9 Unit and see the many ways in which the handlers and their dogs support each other in the field.
The academy begins on Monday, June 3 and runs for eight weeks through Friday, August 2. Each week contains the same curriculum. The camps run Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Participants should bring a sack lunch and a positive attitude, and CPD will provide the rest.
“This experience might be the catalyst that prompts them to join the Carrollton Police Department someday,” Miller said.
Application forms are available at the front desk of the Carrollton Police Department (2025 E. Jackson Road) and at CFBISD DeWitt Perry Middle School (1709 E. Belt Line Road), Charles M. Blalack Middle School (1706 E. Peters Colony Road), and Ted Polk Middle School (2001 Kelly Boulevard).