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Next-Gen High School Public Safety Academy: ‘Home Grown, We Got Next’

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Next-Gen High School Public Safety Academy is designed to offer students who are interested in law enforcement a seamless and supportive direct path, allowing them to receive both academic and practical training, as well as mentoring. The structured progression from high school academy to local police cadet program to police academy increases the likelihood of student success by providing a gradual and comprehensive learning experience.


The program provides first-hand experiences and insight into the operations of law enforcement agencies. It affords these highly motivated young people an opportunity to consider law enforcement as a potential career choice. This approach not only increases the chances of success for the students but also contributes to building stronger and more positive relationships between law enforcement and the community. Recruitment of high school students, representing all communities and backgrounds is one goal of the program. This is what real community policing can look like. Below you will find some stories about criminal justice programs in high schools around the country.

A sample of classes:

  • History, Crime Awareness, Causes

  • Criminal Justice, Trial Proceeding

  • Corrections & Juvenile

  • Patrol/Traffic

  • Introduction Crime Scene Investigation



  1. Early Exposure and Exploration: High school is a formative period during which students begin to explore potential career paths. A public safety academy program provides an early opportunity for interested students to gain exposure to the field of law enforcement, helping them make informed decisions about their future career aspirations.

  2. Skill Development: Police academy programs offer hands-on training in defensive tactics, firearms safety, emergency response procedures, and conflict resolution techniques. By honing these practical skills under the guidance of experienced instructors, students develop the confidence and competence necessary for success in law enforcement roles.

  3. Character Building and Leadership Development: Participation in a police academy program instills values of discipline, integrity, and teamwork, which are essential qualities for effective law enforcement professionals. Through structured training exercises and leadership opportunities, students learn to demonstrate accountability, resilience, and respect for others.

  4. Community Engagement and Service: Police academy programs often emphasize the importance of community policing and fostering positive relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. By engaging students in service projects, outreach initiatives, and mentorship programs, these programs promote a sense of civic responsibility and encourage students to become active contributors to the well-being of their communities.

  5. Life Skills: Participants would develop critical life skills such as leadership, teamwork, decision-making, and conflict resolution, which are highly valuable in any career.

  6. Career Readiness: Graduates of police academy programs are better prepared to pursue careers in law enforcement, whether through entry-level positions, internships, or further education and training. The skills, knowledge, and experiences gained through participation in these programs provide a solid foundation for success in a variety of law enforcement roles.

  • Mental health

  • Community culture awareness

  • First Aid/CPR/AED

  • Life Skill

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