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Junior Police Academy

This innovative program introduces children to the fascinating career of law enforcement and is sure to have a positive impact for years to come.

Next Session

The application process for the next session is OPEN.

Contact Information

(505) 343-5000

The Junior Police Academy is a tuition free, one-week program designed to introduce youth of the community to the Albuquerque Police Department. We have room for 50 students.

Students will receive classroom instruction by personnel from many police department divisions including presentations and demonstrations from Crime Scene Investigators, Gangs, Narcotics, K-9, and Bomb Squad. Gun safety, internet safety, and school safety will also be taught.

The Academy is designed to curtail juvenile delinquency and deviant behavior committed by middle school children. The annual Albuquerque Police Junior Police Academy seeks to teach an understanding for the law and respect among individuals at a critical age of development.

During training, students are given the opportunity to complete an obstacle course. Students will take to the outdoors to compete against the clock in an attempt to test their agility as they climb stairs, fences, walls, crawl through a window and a culvert, run a short maze and cross a balance beam.  Awards for top scores will be given at graduation.

Student Requirements

  • Male or female school students.
  • Applicants must be at least 10 to 13 years of age.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in school or home schooled.
  • Applicants must possess a positive attitude.
  • Applicants shall not have a behavioral problem or criminal history.
  • Applicants must pass a background check conducted by the Albuquerque Police Dept.
  • It is preferred applicants be a resident of Albuquerque


Please do not let these requirements keep you from applying.  We do not automatically eliminate candidates from attending the Junior Police Academy based on the above requirements. All applications are individually reviewed and attendance decisions made on a case by case basis.




Upon successful completion of the Junior Police Academy, participants attend a graduation ceremony and are awarded a certificate bearing a replica of the JPA Police Academy logo.