GRPD Youth Police Academy

Grand Rapids Police ShieldThe Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) will be hosting two high school Youth Police Academies this summer.  The academy is open to high school Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in the Kent County area who may be interested in a future career in law enforcement.  This 40 hour program is designed to give students a taste of what being a police officer is all about.

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Students who are accepted will receive hands-on instruction from officers representing many of the different units within the Grand Rapids Police Department.  This training will take place at the GRPD and surrounding facilities.  There is virtually no cost to students who attend as uniforms and lunches will be provided.


This is a great opportunity for any student who wants to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of our police officers.


Who can participate?
·         Any current HS Sophomore, Junior, or Senior who attends any high school within Kent and Ottawa County.
·         Minimum GPA of 2.0 and be in good standing at their school.
·         Most possess good moral character
·         Must have an acceptable legal history
·         Must be in good physical condition and pass a physical conducted by a licensed physician


Requirements for Applicants:
·         Student ID
·         Current Resume
·         Letter of Recommendation from School Counselor
·         Proof of Physical within the current calendar year
·         Autobiography
·         Birth Certificate
·         Submit application, pass oral interview, pass background screen, and attend mandatory orientation in May.


Application Deadline is April 10, 2015 – applications must be picked up and returned at the GRPD HQ, 01 Monroe Center NW,
Grand Rapids, MI  49503


2015 Academy sessions:  June 22-26  or July 20-24


Contact Officer Connie Moore, 616-456-3304, with any questions.



2 thoughts on “GRPD Youth Police Academy

  1. Hello,

    I am a high school counselor at Coopersville and just got asked today by a student to write him a recommendation for this program. May I see the application? Will my recommendation be kept confidential?

    Thank you
    Jean Arteaga

  2. Hello Jean,
    To answer your question, I am sending the contact information for this program at GRPD. She is Officer Connie Moore at 616-456-3304. More information on the Youth Police Academy may be found on GRPD website. Thank you for contacting us and have a great holiday!
    Janice Limbaugh

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