Sheriff's Youth Academy

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The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office is offering a Sheriff’s Youth Academy to the younger citizens of Guilford County who are interested in learning more about law enforcement operations within the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, as well as other public safety and military careers.

The classes will start on Wednesday June 20, 2018 at 8:00am and run through June 29, 2018.

The Sheriff’s Youth Academy will present a range of topical training subjects condensed from the standard training curriculum for law enforcement officers. By presenting this program, we hope to provide a positive career development experience which will acquaint attending youth with the goals and functions of a working law enforcement or first responder agency.

The Sheriff’s Youth Academy aims to stimulate a positive interest in law enforcement in youth, as well as heighten awareness of the positive aspects of being a good citizen, as well as to instil a sense of patriotism in the cadets. Young people will learn the basic functions of a law enforcement agency, requirements of a career in law enforcement, and learn more about Guilford County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 592 membership. Some of the blocks of instruction will include:

  • Career Preparation / Texting & Driving - DWI Prevention Education
  • Firearms Simulator Training / Handcuffing Techniques
  • Traffic Stops/Enforcement / Police Chases
  • Physical Fitness Training / Introduction to Drill/Ceremonies
  • Vehicle Accident Extraction Demo / DWI Simulator
  • Building Searches / K-9 Demo
  • SERT - Sheriff Emergency Response Team /Bomb Robot Demo
  • Outdoor Survival Training

The academy is open to all current law enforcement Explorers, as well as students from local middle and high schools between the ages of 13 and 17 years of age. Students may be accepted upon referral from a School Resource Officer or by parents/legal guardians who wish for their son/daughter to participate in the Sheriff Youth Academy experience.

The academy will begin with an orientation meeting on Monday, June 18, 2018 from 6:30pm to 7:45pm. Orientation is MANDATORY for all SYA participants and at least one parent/legal guardian must attend. This orientation will be held at the Sheriff’s Office Administration Building in the Lower Classroom located at 400 W. Washington St Greensboro, N.C. 27401.
The academy will begin at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the GCSO District 2 Office located at 5440 Millstream Road, Mcleansville, N.C. 27301 (See schedule). Space is limited so please return the completed application as quickly as possible. Applicants will be accepted on a “first-come, first served” basis, pending a background check.

*Note: The is not a “boot camp” or rehabilitation academy. AT RISK students, who have criminal histories, extensive negative involvement with law enforcement and/or the juvenile justice system, poor grades, poor conduct, and/or regular in or out of school suspensions WILL NOT be accepted into the program.

The deadline for application submission is Friday, June 15, 2018 at 5:00pm. There is NO FEE for the academy. Students will be provided with T-shirts and baseball caps as academy uniforms. Students will be required to wear khaki type cargo pants to complete the academy uniform. Students will also be required to wear a white crew neck t-shirt and black athletic/basketball shorts for physical training. Purchase options for khaki pants will be provided at the orientation meeting. Footwear should be sneakers or athletic training type shoes.

Transportation to and from the academy sites will be the responsibility of the participant and his/her parent/guardian.

Interested persons should contact the Community Resource Unit by phone at (336-641-3378) or (336-641-5313) or email

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