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Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program

Next Academy Date: June 16-21, 2024

Since 1989, The Virginia American Legion and the Virginia State Police have
conducted a week-long hands-on event for rising high school seniors (male &
female) at the VSP Training Academy. Those interested in a law enforcement
career get a small glimpse of the varied training a trooper experience.
Purpose – To expose young men and
women to almost every facet of law
enforcement by an orientation to career possibilities in some aspect of criminal
justice, to foster in our youth a respect for law enforcement, and to enhance law
enforcement & community relations.

The American Legion Department of Virginia and Virginia State Police Youth
Cadet Law Enforcement Program is an intensive five-day session in which young
men and women are exposed to almost every facet of law enforcement. During
the instruction at the academy, the students will receive orientation to criminal
investigation, patrol techniques, accident and crime scene investigation, firearms
safety and marksmanship. The cadets will also learn about the history of policing,
the drug problems facing all Virginians today, and the State Police recruitment

The Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program consists of vigorous training along
with both practical and classroom instruction. This includes a variety of “hands
on” training pertaining to law enforcement.

Practical Training includes: Water safety and life saving techniques; Vehicle
Operator improvement on the Academy vehicle driving range and skid pan;
Weapons safety training and marksmanship on the firing range; Observation of
working Patrol and Drug K-9’s; and Impaired driving demonstration. In addition to
the classroom and practical experience, cadets will also have the opportunity to
visit the Governor’s Mansion, the Virginia War Memorial, and have lunch at a local
American Legion Post.

For more information click HERE for Brochure 

For Application click HERE

Fill out the application and also contact Mike Robinson, Chairman at

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