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Youth Citizen Police Academy

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 YCPA 2020 Copy

What is it all about?

This summer during the month of June, the Peoria Police Department will present the Youth Citizen Police Academy. The academy will be available four different weeks with each session lasting 4 days. This academy is designed to build relationships between kids entering the 7th and 8th grades and the Police Department. This program is intended to introduce children to what occurs at the Peoria Police Department on a daily basis. This program is FREE, on behalf of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

All participants will receive a T-Shirt and certificate upon completion of the coursework.

Throughout their time in the academy, the students will participate in investigating mock crime scenes created especially  for them.

What will be taught at this Academy?

The course work will be similar to our adult citizens academy, however, for the kids, there will be more hands on activities and more fun!

  • Alcohol/DUI Goggles and Carts 
  • Fingerprinting
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Dangerous Drugs Education
  • Equipment Demos
  • SWAT Presentation
  • Firearm Safety
  • Internet Safety/Social Media Safety
  • Team Building
  • K-9 Presentation
  • Crime Reporting
  • Building Clearing
  • And....MUCH MORE!!!

    NOTE - Children will not shoot firearms. Some physical and hands on activity will be encouraged.


This academy is open to boys and girls entering 7th or 8th grade in Fall of 2020. Students must reside in Peoria or attend a school within the Peoria city limits, and not have attended a previous academy. There is no academic requirement; however, good behavior is required at all times! This is not a boot camp or program for rebellious teens. This free program requires a parental/guardian permission slip and waiver, which is included in the application packet. Transportation to and from the school is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

What To Do If You Are Interested In Applying - 

Click on the link below to download the academy application (Applications Due by May 8). The specific dates, times, and locations are listed on the first page of the application. Please complete the entire application.

NOTE: Any incomplete applications will not be considered until all the information is received.


Youth Citizen Police Academy Application (fillable PDF)

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Youth Citizen Police Academy! If you have any questions or need further information not included in the application or pamphlet, please contact (623) 773-5046. We look forward to seeing your child in June!