The Teen Academy is conducted over a seven-week period and is designed to increase the understanding of our department's operations. Students will learn from Police Department personnel who are experts in the areas of SWAT, K9, narcotics, major crimes, patrol operations, traffic laws, firearms, driving under the influence, and other related fields. All students will have the opportunity to participate in practical demonstrations and a ride-along sometime during the Academy session.
Students will gain an overall knowledge of how our department is organized, how we serve the community, and how we respond when citizens call. Even though the subject matter is similar to a traditional police academy, the Teen Academy is not designed to prepare students to be police officers.
The Academy is an educational opportunity designed to be a fun learning experience. Instructors come from all areas of the Department. Students will meet the chief of police, supervisors, patrol officers, detectives, dispatchers, and other members of the Department. The goal of the Academy is to provide an avenue of communication between the Police Department and young adults in the community. Instructors encourage students to ask questions and express their concerns about pertinent issues.
Students can earn up to 25 community service hours to help fulfill their graduation requirement.
There is no cost to attend the Teen Academy. Class capacity is 30 students.
The Teen Academy is offered once a year in the summer. Sessions are seven weeks long and classes meet one night a week for three hours at the Police Department. Students will be expected to attend all Academy classes. At the conclusion of the Academy, a graduation ceremony is held where family and friends are welcome to attend.
Classes are suspended at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions. Applications are not being accepted at this time.
Teens interested in the Teen Academy must:
- Be between the ages of 14 and 18 years old;
- Be currently enrolled and attending high school in Newport Beach in the fall, or a Newport Beach resident who attends high school elsewhere;
- Commit to attend all seven sessions of the Academy; and
- Complete the attached application and submit it by mail on or after April 1, 2022. (The mailing address is listed at the top of the application.)
A parent or guardian is required to attend the first class in order to be aware of parameters and expectations, and to sign the required waivers.
For further information, please contact the Teen Academy program coordinator at 949-644-3638.
The Teen Academy application is available in PDF format here.