Junior Police Academy

JPA Logo 2023Celina Junior Police Academy

Welcome to the Celina Police Department’s Junior Police Academy, an exciting opportunity for middle school students to engage with the Celina Police Department, receive training from our dedicated officers, build relationships, and have fun along the way! This publication will provide you with all the information you need to know about our academy.

 About the Celina Junior Police Academy

The Celina Junior Police Academy is a program designed specifically for middle school students who have a keen interest in law enforcement and community service. Our goal is to provide participants with an interactive and educational experience that fosters a better understanding of the role of law enforcement officers in our community. The program runs Monday through Thursday, 8am to 4pm. After students have completed the academy, there will be a small graduation for their family and friends to see all of their accomplishments. 


 Information on the Celina Police Department

As a participant in the Junior Police Academy, you will have the unique opportunity to learn all about the Celina Police Department. Through engaging presentations and discussions, you'll gain valuable insights into various aspects of police work, including community policing, crime prevention strategies, and the different divisions within the department.

 Training from Police Officers

Our dedicated police officers will serve as instructors and mentors throughout the academy. They will provide expert training sessions, sharing their knowledge and experiences with you. From learning about basic patrol procedures to exploring crime scene investigations, you'll receive hands-on training that will give you a taste of what it's like to be a police officer.

Building Relationships

At the Celina Junior Police Academy, we believe in the importance of building strong relationships between law enforcement and the community. Through various team-building activities, you will have the opportunity to interact with our officers on a personal level, fostering mutual respect, understanding, and trust.

 Scenario-Based Training

To enhance your learning experience, we will conduct scenario-based training exercises. These exercises will allow you to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned in a simulated real-world environment. You'll get a firsthand understanding of how law enforcement officers handle different situations and make critical decisions.

 Fun and Engaging Activities

While the academy focuses on learning and training, we also make sure to include fun and engaging activities throughout the program. These activities may include taking a ride in the MRAP, physical fitness challenges, and team-building games. We believe that learning should be enjoyable, and we strive to create a positive and exciting environment for all participants.

 How to Apply

If you are a middle school student interested in joining the Celina Junior Police Academy, please fill out the application form available on our website. The application period typically opens in the spring, and selected participants will be notified of their acceptance via email.

 Contact Us

If you have any questions or need further information, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. You can contact Officer Dan Thomas with the Celina Police Department at:

We look forward to welcoming you to the Celina Junior Police Academy and embarking on this incredible journey together!

  1. Dan Thomas

    School Resource Officer, Moore Middle School

In the summer of 2023, Celina Junior Police Academy will have three classes available. The tentative dates and times are as follows (Note: the dates may be subject to change):  

Class 1: Monday, June 19 – Thursday, June 22 (8:00 AM to 4:00 PM)

Class 2: Monday, July 3 – Thursday, July 6 (8:00 AM to 4:00 PM) 

Class 3: Monday, July 10 – Thursday, July 13 (8:00 AM to 4:00 PM) 

Applications for the 2023 Junior Police Academy will be available on February 10, 2023. The application must be completed and turned in to Officer Thomas at Moore Middle School no later than April 10, 2023. Do not wait until the last minute, as spots will fill quickly.

 Download and complete the 2023 Junior Police Academy application here. The application will also be available at Moore Middle School front reception desk. We look forward to seeing you!