Marana Police Department starting Youth Citizen Police Academy

The Marana Police Department is starting a Youth Citizen Police Academy, a program designed to promote and enhance our teens’ understanding and awareness of the many duties and responsibilities of the Marana Police Department and the law enforcement community.

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Cadets of the Youth Citizen Police Academy will have the opportunity to become familiar with the day to day operations of the Marana Police Department, enabling them to gain a better understanding of the policies and laws that guide an officer's decisions and their decisions as citizens. Presentations will be made by sworn police officers or qualified personnel on a multitude of topics, such as the Marana Police Department’s mission, ethics, hiring, laws, crime prevention, community oriented policing, communications, K-9, Crisis Negotiations, SWAT, officer safety techniques and more. In addition to the lectures, cadets will be involved in physical activates each day that will challenge them and help them build skills in areas such as teambuilding, leadership, critical thinking, trust and health and fitness.

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Registration is required and is open to any juvenile who meets the following criteria. (A) The juvenile must be between the ages of twelve and sixteen, (B) must not have a pattern of criminal behavior (subject to MPD review), and (C) lives or attends a school in the Town of Marana.

Participation requires a commitment to the full week. Beginning Monday July, 16, 2018 through Friday, July 20, 2018 from 8am to 3pm. Graduation will be held on Saturday, July 21st 2018 from 9am to noon. If accepted, cadets will meet at the Marana Police Station located at 11555 W. Civic Center Drive and must be present 15 minutes prior to start time.

The Marana Police Department will begin accept applications for the Youth Citizen Police Academy starting May 25th until June 20th of 2018. The exact schedule of the of course will be provided to the students a week prior the Youth Citizen Police Academy starts.

The Academy is offered free of charge, but is limited to 20 “Cadets.”

If interested, please contact Officer Danielson of the Community Resource Unit at 520-382-2051 or, concerning the application process.