The Sheriff's Office Teen Police Academy is a free program designed to provide students with an inside look at various aspects of the Sheriff's Office and law enforcement. Topics will include traffic laws and enforcement, criminal law, Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT), Dive Team, K9, domestic violence, sex crimes, and bomb investigation. The academy will also host a tour of the Santa Clara County Main Jail and a County courthouse.
The Summer Academy is a two-week program, beginning June 11, 2018 and ending on June 21, 2018. There will be no class on Friday. Classes will be held from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Richey Training Center in San Jose. We encourage participants to arrange their own transportation to and from class. However, contact Sheriff's personnel at the phone number or e-mail address listed below if you will have difficulties arranging for transportation.
The Academy is intended to provide students with an overview of Sheriff's Office functions and procedures. Although the curriculum and teaching methods are similar to those used in 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. Applicants will be selected by the Sheriff's Office.
All students wishing to apply must meet several requirements:
- Applicants must not have disciplinary or truancy issues at school.
- Applicants must live in or attend school within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Office.
- Applicants cannot have any felony judgments against them.
- Applicants cannot have any arrests involving violence, drugs, or possession/use of weapons.
- Applicants cannot have any misdemeanor judgments against them within the last two years.
- Applicants cannot currently be on probation or parole.
- Applicants must be enrolled in high school or have just graduated.
- Applicants under 18 years of age must obtain a parent/guardian's consent.
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 Academy. Lying will also be grounds for dismissal from the Academy.
Selection Procedure: Applicants are selected after their application is reviewed and a background check is completed. Applicants who have unacceptable criminal records will be rejected. Enrollment is limited.
Applicants interested in the program can submit the online application below. Paper applications are also available for pick-up at Cupertino and Saratoga High Schools or the Sheriff's Office West Valley substation, 1601 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino.
For more information, please call (408) 868-6600 or e-mail SO_SRO@shf.sccgov.org.