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Youth Programs

Criminal Justice Academy

The Criminal Justice Academy is a four-year high school program structured as a "school within a school." The intent of the Academy’s courses is to prepare students for both college and careers. 

Annual Report 2015-2016  - (5.7 MB PDF)

The Criminal Justice Academy is a paramilitary type program modeled after the Sacramento Police Department’s Police Academy. The curriculum is law enforcement focused and coordinated with related academic classes.  Academy students are expected to uphold the following standards:

  • Maintain an overall  2.0 GPA
  • Maintain an 80% attendance rate
  • Volunteer 50 hours of community service a year
  • Earn 90% of their credit requirements to qualify for graduation
  • Wear uniforms once a week and undergo uniform inspection
  • Participate in physical training

Students participate in a variety of motivational activities designed to encourage academic and occupational preparation, such as field trips, job fairs, leadership workshops, and academy-wide challenges. Students receive college mentorship each month and have the opportunity to receive college scholarships.

There are four area high schools with Criminal Justice Academies - John F. Kennedy, Hiram Johnson, C.K. McClatchy, and Grant Union. The Criminal Justice Academy programs at all four schools have resulted in the vast majority of its graduating seniors moving on to college immediately after graduating high school. Their graduation and college attendance rates surpass those of other students at their schools. 

Several students from our program have obtained jobs within the Police Department ranging from public service aides and CSI investigators to police officers. 

For more information, email youthservices@pd.cityofsacramento.org.

Police Cadet Program

The Sacramento Police Department’s Police Cadet Program is designed for individuals aged 14 to 20 interested in a law enforcement career. Police Cadets receive training and hands-on experience in various aspects of law enforcement, leadership, physical fitness, life skills, and community service. Cadets meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Police Department’s Richards Boulevard substation.

We accept applications on a continuous basis and placements are made as openings become available. For more information, please refer to the Police Cadet Brochure. Those interested in applying may download and complete the Police Cadet Application.

For more information, call (916) 808-3767 or email youthservices@pd.cityofsacramento.org.