Lenexa News Release: Youth Police Academy still has openings

Lenexa Police Department to offer Youth Police Academy
Summer program teaches students about police work

The Lenexa Police Department is offering a summer program that will give young residents and students the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at police work.

Lenexa Police Department Youth Police Academy is a five-day summer program designed to enhance the relationship between the community’s youth and members of the Police Department, as well as help young citizens develop a better understanding of law enforcement and the challenges faced by officers.

Participants will learn day-to-day duties and services provided by the department and leave with a deeper understanding of the department’s mission, the teamwork principles involved in effective law enforcement, and the tools used to solve crimes and make the community a safer place. The department also hopes the students will leave better prepared to recognize and safeguard themselves from dangers in the community.

Youth Police Academy will be offered twice this summer: June 14-18 and July 26-30. Classes meet from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at the Lenexa Police Department headquarters, 12500 W. 87th Street Parkway. Application request forms are available online or at the Police Department.

The academy is open to Lenexa residents or students ages 13-17 years. Applicants must have no or limited prior police or criminal history, and will be asked to complete a 300-500 word essay as part of the application process. Students are required to attend all five days of the academy session in order to qualify for a graduation certificate. For more information, call Sgt. Dan Owsley at 913-825-8046.

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