GRPD producing Youth Police Academy
Local high schoolers have the opportunity to get a feel for the front lines of law enforcement.
The Grand Rapids Police Department will be offering two sessions of its Youth Police Academy this summer from June 10-14 and July 15-19, which will take place at GRPD headquarters and surrounding facilities.
Students who are in their sophomore, junior and senior years at Kent County high schools can gain first-hand experience in law enforcement.
Each session will have a curriculum that includes a 40-hour program that offers instruction from officers representing various units within the police department.
The program will also include mock crime scenes, patrol operations, dispatch, special response team, hostage negotiations and vice. Lunch and uniforms will be provided.
The goal of the academy is to educate students about careers in law enforcement, provide students with specific skills to prepare them for careers in law enforcement, allow academy participants to practice those skills in a positive environment and recruit a diverse group of applicants for GRPD’s intern program, according to the GRPD.
Students who would like to enroll in the program will have to go through a selection process that includes an application assessment, resume and a panel interview. There is a cost.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on March 31.
Applications can be submitted in person at GRPD, at 1 Monroe Center Ave. NW, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, online or emailed to GRPDrecruiting at grcity dot us.