GCPD accepting applications for 3rd annual Youth Police Academy

Press release from Gwinnett County Police Department

(Lawrenceville, Georgia)  The Gwinnett County Police Department is proud to announce that we will be hosting our third annual summer Youth Police Academy.  The Youth Police Academy (YPA) is designed to educate middle school and high school students that live in Gwinnett County 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.


In 2016 and 2017, the Gwinnett County Police Department saw tremendous success with the summer program.  The students enjoyed interacting with the officers and learning about the multitude of jobs performed by the staff.


The YPA is free of charge and is open to all students that reside in Gwinnett County who will be enrolled in middle school or high school as of August 2018.  Each student must successfully pass the application process to attend the YPA.

Each YPA is a one week session, Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm.

June 11th to 15th, 2018 is for current or upcoming middle school students (grades 6-8).

July 9th to 13th, 2018 is for current or upcoming high school students (grades 9-12).

The curriculum includes both classroom and practical application. Some of the activities may include:

  • GCPD Training Center Tour
  • CPR / AED
  • Driver’s Training Demonstration
  • Taser Demonstration
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Accident Investigations
  • Internet Safety
  • Criminal Investigations Overview
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Firearms Safety
  • Gang Awareness
  • Narcotics Awareness and Prevention
  • Jail Tour
  • 911 Center Tour
  • K9 & Helicopter Demonstration
  • Motorcycle Unit Demonstration
  • DUI Demonstration
  • SWAT Team & EOD Unit Demonstration

Applications are now being accepted, and the deadline is May 25, 2018.  The link below will include the application packet for the YPA.  If you are selected to participate, you will receive a letter from the Training Section sent to the address on your application.

For additional information, contact Officer Carlos Huggins at 678 226-7752 or email:youthpoliceacademy@gwinnettcounty.com.

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