Gwinnett County youth have a special opportunity this summer — the Gwinnett County Police Department will host its summer youth police academy.

The academy is designed to educate middle school and high school students about the police department and how officers enforce local and state laws.

“The goal of the YPA is to create and develop a relationship with students and give them an opportunity to learn about the Gwinnett County Police Department’s role in the community and the services it provides,” a news release states. 

The academy will include classroom and practical application. Topics that will be covered include:

  • CPR / AED
  • Emergency vehicle driving
  • Taser demonstration
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Accident Investigations
  • Internet safety
  • Criminal investigations
  • Defensive tactics
  • Firearm safety and run / hide / fight
  • Gang awareness
  • Jail tour 
  • K9 demonstration
  • Aviation 
  • Motorcycle demonstration
  • DUI investigations
  • SWAT / EOD

The youth police academy is free and open to all students who live in Gwinnett who will be enrolled in middle or high school in August. Participants must successfully pass an application process to attend the academy.

Each academy is held in one-week sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The academy for middle school students will be held from July 12-16, while the high school academy will be held from July 19-23.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 23, and the application can be found here.

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Deanna Allen has served as editor of the North Gwinnett Voice since June 2021. Effective communication and creative design are her passions.

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