Round Rock’s youth get a real taste of police work during the Police Department’s Junior Police Academy (JPA). The camp is designed to strengthen the connections between law enforcement and local youth giving them a chance to see what it’s like to be a police officer over their summer vacation. Applications are no longer being accepted for Summer 2015.
The JPA is modeled after the police academies that adults attend to become sworn peace officers. Geared to kids ages 8 to 16 years old, the camp is conducted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the police department’s headquarters building in North Round Rock. The Department’s School Resource Officers lead the JPA Camp, which is open to all Round Rock residents and students who attend school in Round Rock.
The academy’s curriculum includes traffic safety, criminal investigations, alcohol and drug use, hand-cuffing, and self-defense. Students also get a first-hand look inside Patrol and SWAT vehicles, K-9 units, and a police helicopter. During the session, they take field trips to the Micki Krebsbach Pool, Dell Diamond, and the Texas Military Force Museum. Students participate in a graduation ceremony at the end of the week that acknowledges their endurance and hard work.
The non-profit organization is seeking sponsors. For sponsorship opportunities contact Officer Dee Bird at 512-218-5500, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Session 1 June 15-19, Ages 8-10
- Session 2 June 22-26, Ages 11-13
- Session 3 July 6-10, Ages 14-16
- Session 4 July 13-17, Ages 8-10
- Session 5 July 27-31, Ages 11-13
- Session 6 Aug. 3-7, Ages 8-10