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Summer Youth Academy
Summer Youth Police Academy
The 2017 Summer Youth Police Academy is planned for 1 to 3 p.m. June 26, 27, 29 and 30 at the Newton Police Department.

Applications are available at local schools and the Newton Police Department front office. The FREE program is open to students who will be entering fifth through eighth grades for the 2017-2018 school year.

The goal of the Summer Youth Police Academy is to promote youth interest in law enforcement as a career. The course will provide participants with a better understanding of law enforcement and opportunities to clear up misconceptions made by youths about police officers, to create better dialogue and to prepare them to be active citizens.  

The academy includes a tour of the police department facility and a presentation about requirements to enter the law enforcement field. Students also will learn about arrest and control procedures, physical training, SWAT training, traffic stops and crime scene identification, including fingerprinting and evidence handling. A graduation ceremony will take place on the final day. 

Students are required to attend all sessions, unless excused by a parent/guardian. Parents/guardians are invited to attend any of the classes to observe. Newton School Resource Officer Julie Britton will be the instructor for this year's academy.

The academy was implemented in 1997, with this year marking the 21th session of Summer Youth Police Academy. To date, a total of 198 students have graduated from the Newton Police Department’s Summer Youth Police Academy.

Applications must be submitted by June 19 to the Newton Police Department, 101 W. 4th St. S. Print the application by clicking the link below.

Summer Youth Police Academy Application