Youth Citizen Police Academy

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Due to COVID-19 this program has been canceled for 2020.

Next Academy:
Summer 2021
Applications are not being accepted at this time.
What is the Youth Citizen Police Academy?

Each Summer, the Department holds a one-week program designed to provide youth, ages 13 to 17, in the City of Richardson first hand information about how the Police Department functions.

Academy participation requires a one-week commitment. Classes are held Monday through Friday and start at 8:30am and end at Noon each day (Thursday's class will end at 1:30pm).

Classes will be held primarily at:
Richardson Police Department (200 N. Greenville Ave.)
Some classes will also use the following facilities:
Richardson/Plano Police Training Academy (located at 4912 14th St. in Plano)
Richardson Emergency Operations Center (1621 E. Lookout Dr.)

What is the academy designed to do?

It is designed to increase understanding between the youth and police through education. The intent is to acquaint youth with law enforcement’s role in the criminal justice system and to provide increased understanding of issues faced by police officers every day.

What subjects are addressed?

Sessions begin with a presentation of the Police Department’s philosophy regarding the goals and visions of the command staff. Subsequent topics include hands-on instruction in the following areas:
• Operations overview of Police Department
• K-9 unit
• Firearm simulations
• Patrol tactics
• Communications
• Crime Scene Investigations (CSI)
• Criminal investigations
• Drunk and Distracted Driving
• Anti-Bullying and Decision Making

How are participants selected? 

The selection process attempts to reflect a balanced representation of the diversity of the Richardson community. Applications will be accepted based on recommendations from the youth’s school officials, parents, School Resource Officer, an adult member of the Richardson business community or Richardson Police Department employee.

How to apply?

Applications can be submitted online or by downloading the form and mailing it by the date listed above, or contact your School Resource Officer if you attend an RISD school and they can provide you with more information.

If you are selected, you will be notified by the Academy Coordinator.

You can call 972-744-4955 if you have any questions.

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