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Junior Police Academy

In keeping with being “In step with our community”, the Albuquerque Police Department reaches out to the youth of our community allowing them an inside look into our proud and professional police department. This innovative program introduces teens to the fascinating career of law enforcement within the Albuquerque Police Department and supporting agencies alike. Upon completion of a specially tailored curriculum, Junior Cadets will feel a great sense of pride to be associated with Albuquerque’s Finest. Junior Cadets will also understand the importance of discipline, responsibility, team concept, physical fitness, and respect for law enforcement. Junior Cadets will be able to understand and appreciate the Albuquerque Police Department for years to come.

Date and Location

The JPA will be held on the following dates:

June 3-7, 2024 and July 22-26, 2024 at the APD Academy

*Both weeks will contain the same programming, so please only sign your child up for one of them.

Program Goals

The goal of the JPA is to give youth an honest inside look into the world of Albuquerque’s Finest by utilizing classroom lectures, hands-on instruction, and field trips. This enables them to understand and appreciate the Albuquerque Police Department and other aspects of public safety. Their week-long experience will make a lasting impression of the dedication and professionalism and leaving as young ambassadors for the men and women of the Albuquerque Police Department. The department’s four (4) core values will be stressed upon our Junior Cadets: Integrity, Respect, Fairness, and Pride.


The JPA is now accepting enrolled high school youth between the ages of 14-17. The JPA can accommodate up to 40 youth. Youth will be accepted on a first-come/first-serve basis, and based on the ability of the parent/guardian(s) to arrange for transportation to and from (drop-off and pick-up) your teen at the designated camp location each day.

  • Camp Check-In Time: Between 8:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. (Your teen is not allowed to be dropped off or left unsupervised for any reason prior to check in). 
  • Camp Sign-Out Time:  3:30 p.m. (Your teen is not allowed to be left unsupervised for any reason when the camp has concluded for the day).


Registration for the 2024 Junior Police Academy will open April 10 at noon.