Our Citizens' Police Academy for Youth is designed to introduce students to the field of law enforcement and to the criminal justice system.
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Sessions begin with a presentation of the Department's philosophy regarding community oriented policing. Subsequent sessions include classes on the following topic areas:
Throughout the program, participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss topics with instructors.
Gaston County Police officers who are thoroughly versed in their field of expertise lead each session. Each instructor has years of training and experience in the subject he or she presents.
24 students, ages 12 through 15 will be selected for each Citizens' Police Academy for Youth based on one letters of recommendation from a teacher, principal, or guidance counselor.
Sessions of the Citizens' Police Academy for Youth is held once a year in the Summer. Please complete and submit the Citizens' Police Academy for Youth Application (PDF) for consideration. One letter of reference/recommendation from a teacher, principal and guidance counselor are required. Participants are notified when they have been selected to attend the Citizens' Police Academy for Youth. There is no fee for the academy.
Submit applications to:Gaston County Police DepartmentAttn: Sergeant Bloom420 W Franklin BoulevardGastonia, NC 28052