Citizen Police Academy for Youth (CPAY)

Citizen Police Academy for Youth female officer working with 2 young ladies
The Citizen Police Academy for Youth gives boys and girls between 14 and 17 years of age an inside look at local law enforcement through a series of a variety of subjects pertaining to law enforcement. The youth will be instructed by police executives, veteran police officers, civilians, and volunteers.
Purpose
Our purpose at the CPAY is to increase understanding through education and interaction with members of the Police Department. We want to give young citizens the opportunity to learn why police officers "can" and "can not" do certain things and build lasting and productive partnerships between our Police Department and community.

Sample Curriculum
  • Forensic Services
  • Officer Safety and/or Use of Force
  • Policing: Past, Present, and Future
  • Probable Cause and Reasonable Suspicion
Department Tours
  • Newport News City Jail
  • Newport News Courts
  • Newport News Police Department