Getting Started

Cops and kids are a powerful combination. 

Over the past twenty five years, the Junior Police Academy has helped police officers transform this bond of friendship into stronger and safer communities.

Yes, hosting an educational program for youth is outside the normal duties of a police officer, but that’s exactly why the program yields such dramatic results. 

A police officer in a classroom communicates a simple, powerful message to kids: “I am here because I care, and because you are important to this community.”

Leadership materials

Course materials

SWAT: Teamwork and Courage

Det Eric Edson, a veteran of the Sheboygan Police Department, draws upon his years with the SPD’s Emergency Response Team (SWAT) to offer students insights into leadership in life and death situations.  click to open

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Why Honor Matters; Revitalizing an ancient virtue in today’s classroom

While the idea of honor may seem outdated, Robert Kenneth Jones makes a convincing case why it’s still critical to modern society. Properly channeled, honor encourages virtues like courage, integrity, and solidarity, and gives a sense of living for something larger than oneself.  Read on and consider the many ways to introduce young people to this…

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A Poisoned Well; Turning Back the Tide of Prejudice

by Robert Kenneth Jones I was aware of prejudice when I was growing up in Danville, Illinois during the 1950’s.  Not that Danville was dissimilar to anywhere else nor that the decade of McCarthyism was so much worse than previous ones.  But compared with the more politically correct era of polite-speak practiced for the last…

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Youth in Crisis; Providing Support for LGBTQ Youth

“If everyone knew and understood the difficulties and consequences for the lack of sexual health education for youth, and if they understood what it is like to be discriminated against, stripped of their rights, or beaten down by a world which is not built for their success, then maybe people would not be so flippant…

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Are We Raising Good Citizens? Why Civics Matters.

Wait a minute!  Did you just yawn and shift in your seat at the very sight of the word civics?  Memories of boring classes and dry material come back to us.  I remember a fear of flunking the Constitution Test and having to go to summer school in order to graduate from high school.  All of…

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Design & Branding

Artwork you are welcome to use for printed materials.

Talk to an Instructor

If you need some informal advice from an officer who has experience in hosting the program, let us know. Anyone on our Board is available by phone to share how they rolled out the program in their community. 

Good luck with your efforts. if I can be of further assistance, please let me know. 

Phillip LeConte, Executive Director

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