The Sheriff's Office Teen/Community Academy is designed to provide students with an inside look at various aspects of the Sheriff's Office and law enforcement, including traffic laws and enforcement, criminal law, Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT), Dive Team, K9, domestic violence, bomb investigation, and a tour of the County Jail. All students are invited to complete a ride-along with a patrol deputy.
The Teen/Community Academy is a 12 week program, beginning January 30, 2019 and ending on April 17, 2019, with classes held on Wednesday evenings from 5:45 to 9:00 PM. Parents/guardians are encouraged to accompany their student to the first class. The majority of the classes will be held at Monta Vista High School, 21840 McClellan Rd. in Cupertino, with various classes in San Jose. Applications are due no later than January 22, 2019.
The Academy is intended to provide the students with an overview of Sheriff's Office functions and procedures. Although the curriculum and teaching methods are similar to those used in a law enforcement academy, the weekly sessions are not intended to make the participants law enforcement officers. Academy attendees will have to meet certain requirements for acceptance to the academy and will be subject to a modified background investigation. Participants in the academy will be selected by the Sheriff's Office.
There are several requirements that must be met by all students wishing to apply:
- Participants must not have disciplinary or truancy issues at school.
- Participants must live in or attend school within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Office.
- Participants cannot have any felony judgments against them.
- Participants cannot have any arrests involving violence, drugs, or possession or use of weapons.
- Participants cannot have any misdemeanor judgments against them within the last two years.
- Participants cannot currently be on probation or parole.
Any participant that becomes involved in a criminal matter or is found to be involved in any situation that may result in an arrest or suspension from school will be immediately removed from any further involvement with the Teen/Community Academy. Lying will also be grounds for dismissal from the Teen/Community Academy.
Applicants interested in the program can submit a paper application or the online application below. Paper applications are available for pickup at Cupertino and Saratoga High Schools, Quinlan Community Center, or the Sheriff's Office West Valley Substation, 1601 S. De Anza Blvd. in Cupertino.
For more information, please call the Sheriff's Office West Valley Substation, (408) 868-6600, or e-mail SO_SRO@shf.sccgov.org.