Youth Police Academy
Prescott Valley Police Department
The Prescott Valley Police Department hold their summer Youth Academy, "A Peek behind the Curtain", in July of each year. The program runs from Monday to Friday, with classes running from 8:30 am to 3:00pm each day. The program is held at the Prescott Valley Police Department training room. Academy size is limited to fifteen students aged 14 to 18 years of age and who are attending school within the town limits of Prescott Valley. This program is being offered free of charge to these students.
Each attendee is provided with a t-shirt (uniform) and a binder at the beginning of the program. Lunch and snacks are provided each day. At the conclusion of the program, each participant is provided a certificate of completion at a "graduation" ceremony, where the whole family is invited to watch. Refreshments are served at this special event.
We want our community’s youth to see what it means to be a police officer, to live a life of sacrifice and service to a community, and how rewarding and fulfilling this life can be. We arranged specialized trainers, who are experts in their fields, to come and share their knowledge and experience. We have many planned surprises for attendees as they become part of a select group to get a “peek behind the curtain” at the leadership and ethics involved in this profession. As an agency, we recognize the value and potential of our high school students as leaders in our community. We want to partner with them (and the community as a whole) in helping them reach that potential. Our attendees leave the academy certified in first aid. They will have exciting experiences in team building and the importance of professionalism in times of crisis.
This program is supported through sponsorships and donations from local businesses and citizens who donate money, snacks, and services. These donors are recognized on our t-shirts as well as our printed youth academy materials. We acknowledge the importance of working together as a community to achieve a greater goal by showcasing the community's dedication and commitment to the success of our youth.
Applications for this program will be advertised and available beginning in May before the July academy. Applications are available online as well as at the police station. All applications will go through a screening process for criminal history. Those students accepted to the July academy will be notified with a letter of acceptance prior to the academy start date. Any questions regarding this program should be directed to Support Services Supervisor at 928-772-5161.