Chandler Youth Academy is a one-week program for youth grades 7 through 12 and they must be at least 12 years old.  All participants must live or go to school in Chandler.  The academy provides an opportunity for the youth to learn about various jobs and functions within the Chandler Police   Department. Officers from the Traffic Unit, Patrol Division, Bike Team, K-9, Community Resources, and Training Section instruct students.  Students get involved with hands-on activities which provides them with a valuable learning experience and procedures, such as the use of force, forensics, crime scene investigation and much more.

The Youth Academy was developed to provide awareness and understanding of the role of law enforcement.  The ultimate goal of the Youth Academy is to foster relationships that will bridge the gaps between law enforcement and youth while exposing them to a possible future career in law enforcement.

The Youth Academy is held one week during the Chandler Unified School District’s intersessions (October, March) along with two in the summer.  The Academy meets at the Chandler Police Department’s Public Safety Training Center located at 3550 S. Dobson Rd. and runs Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

There is no charge for the Academy and lunch is provided.

Experience a behind the scenes look at your PD

See the assignments and activities in law enforcement 

Only 25 participants, space is limited

All participants must live or go to school in Chandler

All youth must be 12  years of age or older and in Junior High or High School. Youth may only participate once

Locations:  Main Station – 250 E. Chicago St., Chandler 85225 and Public Safety Training Facility – 3550 S. Dobson Rd, Chandler 85248 

Youth Academy Summer Dates:

May 30 – June 2, 2023

Registration opens April 28, 2023 at 9 a.m.

June 26 – June 29, 2023

Registration opens May 15, 2023 at 9 a.m.

Registration is now closed. 


NOTE:  Once you register your student, you will be contacted usually within a week.

Please do not call or email within the first week as registrations are being reviewed.

We reserve the right to review registrations and select participants in order to balance the presence of all Chandler schools.



The Department offers four Academies per year:                                                                                       


The Chandler Police Youth Academy runs Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The academy will be held at our Public Safety Training Center located at 3550 S Dobson Rd, Chandler, AZ 85248 (click here for a map).  The SRO’s will go over the agenda for the week on day one with the students.  There is no charge and lunch, drinks, and snacks are provided each day.  Space is limited, parents are responsible for registering their children along with dropping and picking them up at the appropriate locations and times.