Round Rock’s youth get a real taste of police work during the Round Rock Police Department’s Junior Police Academy (JPA). The camp is designed to strengthen the connections between law enforcement and local youth, giving them a chance to see what it’s like to be a police officer over the summer vacation.
Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis starting March 11. The camp is open to all Round Rock residents and students who attend school in Round Rock.
Geared to kids ages 8 to 16, the camp runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the police headquarters in north Round Rock. The Department’s School Resource Officers lead the JPA Camp.
The academy’s curriculum includes traffic safety, criminal investigations, alcohol and drug use, hand-cuffing, and self-defense. Students also get a first-hand look inside patrol and SWAT vehicles, K-9 units and a police helicopter. They take field trips to the Rock’N River Family Aquatic Center and the Texas State Capitol.
Students participate in a graduation ceremony at the end of the week that acknowledges their endurance and hard work. Sessions offered are:
- Session 1 June 15-19, Ages 8-10
- Session 2 June 22-26, Ages 11-13
- Session 3 July 6-10, Ages 14-16
- Session 4 July 13-17, Ages 8-10
- Session 5 July 27-31, Ages 11-13
- Session 6 Aug. 3-7, Ages 8-10