Youth Police Academy

Please check back in Spring 2022 for information on the 2022 Youth Academy that will be held in August.



The Princeton Police Department Youth Police Academy is a program designed to provide its participants with firsthand knowledge of the duties and responsibilities that are required of a Princeton Police Officer. The Youth Police Academy will involve classroom activities, hands-on techniques and police demonstrations. Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  • Arrest procedures
  • Basic first aid
  • Building searches
  • Car accident investigations
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Fire safety
  • Motor vehicle stops
  • Museum visit
  • Optional firearms training
  • Much more


This program is meant to help build self-confidence and discipline in its participants.

Eligibility Qualifications

The Youth Police Academy will be open to any students who will be entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in September of the current year who also attend a public or private school in Princeton, NJ. If a student is entering 9th grade or higher, they are eligible to be a counselor and help the officers throughout the duration of the academy. If a student does not attend a school in Princeton but they wish to attend the academy, they may submit an application and their acceptance will be based upon availability.


Participants who attend will be given a t-shirt which they will need to wear on a daily basis. Those who attend will also need to bring lunch Monday through Thursday (lunch will be provided on Friday). Drop off will be in the police lobby between 8 and 8:30 am.

It is our hope that this program will educate the participant and help create a stronger bond between the police officers and the youth of our community.