The 60-hour program is designed to provide youth with an insight to the law enforcement profession. Students learn about such topics as the history of law enforcement, the criminal justice system, ethics, and conflict resolution. The students are also exposed to various units within the police department including SWAT, K-9, Traffic, Crime Scene Investigations, and Police Activities League. Upon successful completion of the program, the students earn high school credits. Some graduates have gone to pursue successful careers in law enforcement.
Special thank you to those in who assisted with the graduation ceremony and continue to support the academy: Dick Jaquez, Vice-President OUHSD Board of Trustees, Bill Dabbs, Assistant Superintendent, Phyllis Throckmorton, Director CTE, Cecilia Tamayo, Director’s Secretary CTE, Rodney Whitney, OPD Commander, Tenille Chacon, OPD School Resource Officer, Ken Koplan, Sergeant, and the Youth Academy Instructors.