The Youth Citizen’s Police Academy is a program designed to provide teens between the ages of 13 and 17 with an inside look at law enforcement. The purpose of the Academy is to increase understanding between young citizens through education and interaction with members of the Golden Police Department. The Academy gives young citizens the opportunity to learn why we “can” and why we “cannot” do certain things.
Since interactions between police and young citizens are often negative, the Academy also gives both the officers and the students an opportunity to interact with each other in an environment that is educational and non-threatening.
The Academy is one week long and is held in June each year. Classroom presentations are combined with hands-on exposure to provide participants with a well-rounded experience.