Bentonville Youth Academy
"The goal of the Bentonville Youth Academy is to create positive long-lasting relationships with our youth in order to better serve the community. "
June 5th thru 9th, 2023 for students going into 8th grade to 10th grade
June 12th thru 16th for students in 10th grade to the 2023 graduating class
Selection of students takes place at the end of the school year in coordination with our School Resource Officers.
Like our adult Citizen's Police Academy, the main goals of the youth academy are to partner with the community, explain the operations of the police department, and encourage our youth in the community to be involved and make a difference in whatever career path they choose.
Youth Academy participants gain an understanding of police procedures that are more reflective of everyday police work than what television and movies portray.
Each of participants comes from different backgrounds and have different goals and paths that they are following to get there. However, what remains the same in all each of the youth attendees is their desire to achieve excellence within their own lives and to then leverage those achievements to positively impact the community where they live.
An example of the Youth Schedule includes topics such as:
Organizational Chart, Mission Statement, Values
Bentonville Police Department Hiring Process, Selection, and Training
Facilities Tour, Dispatch, Jail, Property, Animal Shelter etc.
Criminal Investigation Division
911 dispatch center and overview
Presentation on Police Technology, Body & Car Cameras
Leadership Speaker from Community or Businesses
Less lethal information
Constitutional Law/ Criminal and Traffic Law/ Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure
Crime Scene Processing & Crime Lab
Force Options Simulator Day
Teen Driving Safety
Tactical Negotiators / Crisis Intervention
Social Media & Cyber Bullying
Community Policing Model
Special Weapons and Tactics
First Aid, Stop the Bleeding & CPR certification
Completion Certificates & Surveys
June 6, 2022 to June 17, 2022 (2 weeks)