Youth Academy

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 6, 2022 to June 17, 2022 (2 weeks)

Class Hours 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Selection of students takes place at the end of the school year in coordination with our School Resource Officers. This program is open to students in the Bentonville School District for incoming freshman to graduating seniors (9th -12th grade). Class size is limited to 25 students.

For additional information you can email our Public Information Officer Corporal Adam McInnis @ or our lead School Resource Officer Corporal John Loncarevic @


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:

Welcome/Expectations/ Orientation 

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


Digital Forensics

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 

Bomb Squad

Community Policing Model 

Special Weapons and Tactics 

K-9 Program 

First Aid, Stop the Bleeding & CPR certification

Completion Certificates & Surveys