Gwinnett Youth Police Academy accepting applications now through May 25

The Gwinnett County Police Department is hosting its third annual summer Youth Police Academy. The Youth Police Academy (YPA) is designed to educate middle school and high school students who 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 the 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. Students enjoyed interacting with officers and learning about the multitude of jobs performed by staff. 

The YPA program is free of charge and open to all students who live in Gwinnett County and 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, held Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  

The program for current or upcoming middle school students (grades 6 – 8) will be held June 11 – 15, 2018.

The program for current or upcoming high school students (grades 9 – 12) will be held July 9 – 13, 2018.

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

  • GCPD Training Center tour
  • 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 demonstrations
  • Motorcycle Unit demonstration
  • DUI demonstration
  • SWAT Team & EOD Unit demonstrations

Applications are being accepted now through May 25, 2018. The link below includes the application packet for the YPA.  Selected participants 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:

Click here to access the Youth Police Academy packet, including guidelines, waiver, and forms.