Junior Citizens Police Academy
The Jacksonville Police Department will be conducting it’s eighth Junior Citizens Police Academy (JCPA) the summer of 2023. This is a 5-day academy designed especially for kids from ages 14 to 18 years old. The Junior CPA is set up to inform Jacksonville youth on some of the different aspects of law enforcement including community policing, criminal investigations, patrol duties, use of force, firearms, K-9 duties, SRT demonstration, narcotics, and less lethal weapons.The Junior CPA begins at 9 a.m. each day and ends at 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The course is free, and we encourage all who want to gain an active knowledge of their police department to attend. Attendance will be limited.
If you would like to attend or have your child attend the next Junior Citizens Police Academy, please complete an application. Applications are available at the Jacksonville Police Department. Attendance will be limited to 20 youth.
The goal of the CPA is that educated youth will be more supportive of police officers and the department. In turn they can become more productive within their own neighborhoods and communities. The Junior Citizens Police Academy is not a “training” class but an exciting “information” class, a behind the scenes look at the Jacksonville Police Department.
The mission of the Jacksonville Junior Citizens Police Academy is to increase youth awareness and confidence, improve youth relations and create a better understanding between the youth and the Jacksonville Police Department through education and having fun while learning.
The Junior CPA is limited to those who attend Jacksonville Schools between the ages of 14 and 19. The youth must have no criminal convictions.
The instructors of the Junior CPA will be officers from the Jacksonville Police Department. The instructors will speak on their area of expertise. The Junior CPA is coordinated through the Training Section of the Jacksonville Police Department.
How to Attend
If you would like to attend the Junior Citizens Police Academy, please complete an application. Applications are available at the Jacksonville Police Department, 1400 Marshall Road Jacksonville AR 72076 or print from home. All applications must be received by May 2023. Again, attendance will be limited!
For more information, contact Sgt. Kenneth Harness at 501-982-3191.