Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Youth Police Academy. In an effort to reach as many kids statewide, we are offering the Youth Police Academy in each county this summer.

Applications are due by May 15th!

2017 Youth Police Academy Dates

Session #1
Date: June 19th – June 23rd (Monday thru Friday)
Time: 8:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Location: Delaware National Guard Training Site, 163 Scannell Blvd., Bethany Beach, DE

Session #2
Date: July 17th – July 21st (Monday thru Friday)
Time: 8:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Location: Delaware National Guard Readiness Center, 103 Artisan Dr., Smyrna, DE

Session #3
Date: August 7th - August 11th (Monday thru Friday)
Time: 8:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Location: Delaware National Guard Reserve Center, 250 Airport Rd., New Castle, DE


The DATE Youth Police Academy creates a challenging atmosphere and provides confidence building tips and strategies, education on drugs/alcohol and the dangers of underage drinking and substance abuse. Furthermore, the program teaches cadet's law enforcement functions, teambuilding exercises, self-discipline and physical fitness.

Daily programs include educational presentations, interaction with public agencies, field trips and physical activities. Cadets are given exposure to available state, county and municipal resources. The daily physical training is similar to a "boot camp" workout with marching and calisthenics.

All instructors for the Youth Police Academy are highly-trained and experienced police officers or professionals in their respective fields.

The Youth Police Academy is highly completive with a limited number of openings available each year. As such, both parents/guardians and applicants should review the entire application and apply with a full understanding of what is required and expected.

Application Requirements:
  • The Academy is open to males and females in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade as of the current school year.
  • Applicants must be committed to attending all 5 days of the program, upon acceptance.
  • Applicants are subject to a criminal background check. DATE reserves the right to deny applicants or remove Cadets for past or current activities that may be detrimental to the program and its attendees.
2016 Youth Police Academy - Kent County
2016 Youth Police Academy - Kent County
2016 Youth Police Academy - New Castle County
2016 Youth Police Academy - New Castle County

Please contact our office at (302) 741-2721 or email cindi.wood@state.de.us if you have questions about the Youth Police Academy program.