Youth Academies

Madison Police Department Youth Academies (Black Youth Academy and Latino Youth Academy) are offered each summer and are held at our Training Center. While these weeklong academies strive to break down barriers and to cultivate a better understanding - particularly within communities of color - regarding the role and function of police, they are intended to be inclusive and open to all kids. Through these youth academies we hope to foster trust and establish positive relationships with community youth and their families. In addition, our youth academies are designed to instill and nurture leadership qualities and provide participating youth with opportunities to challenge themselves and work together as a team.

During the academy, the students are exposed to a variety of topics and are given opportunities to apply what they've learned during scenario-based portions of the academy. The programming is as hands-on and interactive as possible, but the students get a flavor for some of the more mundane but equally important administrative paperwork that comes along with a career in policing as well. Students hear from officers about the paths that led them to a career in policing and share their personal stories and photographs with the students. This is always a highlight as it provides an opportunity for the students to see the human beings behind the badge.

Students, who are entering 8th grade, are nominated through the middle schools for participation in these programs.

For more information on MPD Youth Academies, contact Sgt. Meg Hamilton at

2019 Youth Academy Dates

  • Coming Soon!

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