Applications are open through May 20 for the Richardson Youth Citizen Police Academy, a one-week program designed to provide youth aged 13-17 firsthand information about how the Police Department functions.

The Academy is designed to increase understanding between the youth and police through education and to acquaint youth with law enforcement’s role in the criminal justice system by providing an understanding of issues faced by police officers every day.

This year’s Academy will be held June 6-10 and unless otherwise specified, will be held at the Richardson Police Department (200 N. Greenville Ave.) Applicants must commit to attending the full week.

Applicants must live in Richardson or attend school within the Richardson city limits. The selection process attempts to reflect a balanced representation of the diversity of the Richardson community.
Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and generally end by noon each day.

Topics include hands-on instruction in areas like: Operations overview of Police Department; K-9 unit; SWAT; Patrol tactics; Crime Scene Investigations (CSI) and more.

Apply at or ask a School Resource Officer. If you are selected, you will be notified by the Academy Coordinator.