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State Police accepting applications for youth academy

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The New Mexico State Police Training & Recruiting Bureau has announced its 2018 Youth Academy, to be held at the NMSP Academy in Santa Fe from June 24 to 30.

The purpose of this program is to reinforce positive values, including leadership, citizenship, discipline and accountability with New Mexico youth.

The academy also will provide students with insight aboutthe police profession and seek to improve understanding and cooperation between young people and law enforcement. The goal is to make the Youth Academy a fun and educational experience that students will remember for years to come.

The academy is free of charge and open to New Mexico high school juniors and seniors for academic year 2018-19. Interested applicants must complete the application process, which includes a questionnaire and letter of recommendation from a non-family member. The application can be found at nmsp.com/images/YouthAcademy/YouthAcademyApplication.pdf.

The deadline for submitting the application is May 10. Completed applications must be mailed to Youth Academy Coordinator Sgt. Jacob Garcia or emailed to nmsp.youthacademy@state.nm.us. Any questions should also be directed to Garcia at 505-827-9236. The mailing address is New Mexico State Police Training & Recruiting Bureau, Re: New Mexico State Police Youth Academy, 4491 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507.

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A competitive selection process will ensue once all applications are received. Those selected to attend will be notified personally of their admission and further steps to complete before the academy begins.

About the academy

Room and board will be included for the duration of the academy (males and females will be separated in different barracks with full-time staff assigned). Thanks to the generous sponsorship and donations from businesses and individual citizens, the NMSP will provide equipment for the students, including a Youth Academy uniform, boots, T-shirts and physical fitness gear.

The typical day will include physical fitness activities, room and personnel inspections and a wide array of educational activities with hands-on application. The students will also participate in mentoring and other group activities. This will include “campfire” discussions with state police officers and other community leaders.

The academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony on June 30 at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.