Youth Academy

The academy registration is now closed!
If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please email Officer Cole.


The Shawnee Police Youth Academy is a week-long summer camp offered for teens 13 - 17 years old. It’s a fun, interactive learning experience designed to teach students about law enforcement. It's also a great way to build relationships between police officers and young adults.


There is no cost to attend the academy. We cover all expenses, including snacks and a t-shirt participants will get to keep.

Dates and Times

The 2024 Shawnee Police Youth Academy will take place on July 8 - July 12, 2024. The class will run from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm each day. Attendees will be required to attend every day, barring any unforeseen circumstances.


Attendees must be between the ages of 13 and 17 years old, must have limited police or criminal contacts, and meet one of these requirements:

  • Live in Shawnee
  • Attend school in Shawnee
  • Have a parent, grandparent or guardian who lives or works in Shawnee.

We will conduct a minimal background check on each student. This check may include contacting their school resource officer.

Dress and Conduct Code

We expect participants to dress and act appropriately, giving respect to our instructors, fellow recruits, and employees of the Police Department.

We will provide a t-shirt to all participants. We request they wear them each day they attend. Some additional dress requirements are:

  • Blue jeans/shorts are acceptable but should be worn appropriately.
  • Tennis shoes or something similar are required. (no sandals, flip-flops etc...)
  • Hats/caps are not allowed
  • No excessive jewelry is to be worn.

Electronic devices are prohibited, except for cell phones. Usage of cell phones will be permitted during breaks. Recruits unable to follow these guidelines may have their device taken and returned at the end of the day.

Schedule of Topics

  • Patrol Procedures
  • Evidence Collection
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Drug Investigations
  • K9 Unit
  • Tactical team
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Virtual Reality Law Enforcement Training