Gwinnett Police now accepting applications for its summer Youth Police Academy

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The Gwinnett Police Department is now accepting applications for its summer Youth Police Academy in July. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the Gwinnett Police Department’s role in the community and the services it provides.

The Youth Police Academy 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 YPA is free of charge and is open to all students who will be enrolled in middle school or high school in Gwinnett County as of August 2021. Each student must successfully pass the application process to attend the YPA.

Each YPA is a one-week session, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  

  • July 12 – 16, 2021 is for current or upcoming middle school students (grades 6-8)
  • July 19– 23, 2021 is for current or upcoming high school students (grades 9-12)

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

  • Emergency Vehicle Driving
  • Taser Demonstration
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Accident Investigations
  • Internet Safety
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Firearm Safety and Run/Hide/Fight
  • Gang Awareness
  • Jail Tour
  • K-9 Demonstration
  • Aviation
  • Motorcycle Demonstration
  • DUI Investigations


The deadline to apply for the summer YPA is June 23. If you are selected to participate, you will receive a letter from the Community Affairs Section sent to the address on your application.

For more information and to access the Youth Police Academy Packet which includes guidelines, waiver, and forms click here.

You may also contact Sergeant Eric Rooks for additional information at 770.513.5119 or