Youth Community Police Academy (YCPA)

Whether you are interested in criminal law, forensics, investigations or want to find out what it takes to be a police officer, the Woodland Youth Community Police Academy is for you. 

The youth academy shares first-hand information on how and why the department operates, and takes a look at the culture of police work and the organization. It provides an excellent opportunity for participants to interact with department members. This academy in an educational setting which allows youth to ask questions openly and to discuss with police staff any concerns they may have with law enforcement. It also gives them time to explore their curiosity and to provide them an opportunity to see a different perspective, through a law enforcement lens, of why police officers do what they do.

The Woodland Youth Community Police Academy is a six-week training program, whose objective is to expose the student cadets to a very rewarding career in law enforcement. We place strong emphasis on self-respect, respect of others, teamwork and commitment to ones’ goals. The academy is perfect for any Junior High School student who would like a challenge and to learn more about law enforcement. The leadership lessons they learn during the academy will last them a lifetime.

Woodland Youth Community Police Academy is open for Junior High Students (7th and 8th grades).


Meetings will be held bi-weekly from March 14, 2022 until May 23, 2022. At this time, the meetings will be held **in person at the Woodland Police Department at 1000 Lincoln Ave. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced

**If this changes due to safety reasons, registered participants will be notified via email and meetings will be moved to virtual via Zoom.  If changed to Zoom meetings, participants must provide their own computers and internet to participate in the academy session**.


There is no cost to attend the Woodland Youth Community Police Academy. Registration is required prior to the start of each session. Sessions are limited to 12 cadets on a first come, first serve basis. Registrations will be accepted until the limit is reached. 

2022 Academy Session is FULL.

2022 Session will run from March 14, 2022 until May 23, 2022. The meeting dates are as follows:

  • Monday, March 14, 2022 - Intro to Police/ History
  • Monday, March 28, 2022 - Police K-9
  • Monday, April 11, 2022 - Patrol Function and the Field Training Program
  • Monday, April 25, 2022 - School Resource Officers
  • Monday, May 9, 2022 - Evidence Collection and Processing
  • Monday, May 23, 2022 - Police Department Program Overview / Graduation

COVID-19 Waiver Required

You are required to complete a COVID-19 Waiver and submit it at time of registration. Please print, complete and scan the form below BEFORE completing the online registration below. Click here for the COVID-19 WAIVER form.

How to Register

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. All applications must be completed online. If you have questions or need assistance with the application, please contact Trista Kennedy at 530-661-7865 or

Once your application is received, you will be contacted at the parent's listed email on the application as to the outcome.

Additional Information

  • The YCPA Head Instructor is Officer Maria Juarez. 
  • The YCPA Coordinator is Executive Assistant Trista Kennedy.

For questions or to obtain more Information, please contact Woodland Youth Community Police Academy coordinator Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police, Trista Kennedy by email or call 530-661-7865.