The Junior Police Academy (JPA) is a nationwide program with a 20-year history emphasizing community responsibility among young citizens and public servants. During the summer, the Bastrop Police Department hosts free, week-long camps to strengthen the connection between law enforcement and local youth by allowing them to see what it’s like to be a police officer.
The camp, modeled after the law enforcement police academy, features physical training, including an obstacle course and marching. Students are also able to view the inside of patrol and several different first responder vehicles. The camp’s curriculum includes traffic safety, criminal investigations, alcohol and drug use, and self-defense. Campers also take field trips to locations around the area.
The 2023 Junior Police Academy will host four Monday through Thursday (8:00am-3:00pm) sessions:
Session 1: July 3 - 6 / Ages 8-9 years
Session 2: July 10-13 / Ages 10-11 years
Session 3: July 17-20 / Ages 12-14 years
The application window for the 2023 Junior Police Academy is open.
JPA Summer Camp Requirements:
Be between the ages of 8 and 14.
To register for the Junior Police Academy program, please complete this form:
Junior Police Academy Application (PDF)
The Bastrop Police Department provides this program annually through local sponsors. The Junior Police Academy welcomes donations and sponsors to assist with the purchase of food, equipment, and snacks for participants.
If you have questions about becoming a sponsor or donating, please call 512-332-8600 or email BPDcommunity@cityofbastrop.org.