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Ever wonder what police work is all about? The Baltimore County Police Department asks teens, 14 through 18, to apply now for this year’s Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). The deadline for all applicants has been extended to May 25.

The academy offers teens the opportunity to develop leadership skills, while meeting and having fun with other local like-minded peers.

This is the twelfth year of the YLA. It will run from Monday, June 18 through Saturday, June 23.  Students will spend from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day learning various aspects of the Police Department. Each day, teens will visit various venues to accommodate the training for the day.

Students will visit the:

  • Police Training Academy on the CCBC Dundalk campus
  • Martin State Airport

Students will also meet officers from various units and sections and learn more about their roles in the department.  At the end of the program, teens will participate in a graduation ceremony at the Baltimore County Police Academy.

Applicants must reside in the County, must be age 14-18, and have good grades. Besides the application form, applicants must write an essay about themselves and why they should be in the program. A parent or guardian will need to sign a waiver and consent form in order for the teen to participate in the YLA. A background check will also be done before a student can participate.

The application, waiver and consent forms are available online.

If unable to apply through the website, contact the Youth Initiatives Team at 410-887-2587 for the necessary forms.

If you know of any young person you feel will benefit from this positive experience, contact the Youth Initiatives Team at 410-887-2587 or Officer George Mussini.

This week marks the tenth year for the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) program.

The YLA program fosters and encourages teens, ages 14 to 18, to be future leaders in and out of the community. The 25 teens will develop and foster leadership skills while meeting and having fun with like-minded peers.

Each day the YLA members will meet at the Police Training Academy, located on the campus grounds of the Community College of Baltimore County - Dundalk, at 8 a.m. to gain insight into the police department and the people who serve. During those hours they will be busy learning the many aspects of police work and the mental strength needed to be an officer and leader.

They will visit various locations. The teens will build leadership and teamwork skills when they spend the day at The Park School, located at Falls and Old Court roads. At the Police Academy, they will be pushed to think, investigate and interview crime victims and suspects when they role play crime scenes. 

The week is exciting and educational. Young people who are thinking about working in the criminal justice field will find this time well spent.

May is a time for proms and graduations. Teens want to celebrate after working hard all year, but this can be a dangerous time if they aren’t careful.

Peer pressure can factor in when making decisions such as whether to drink and drive. Baltimore County Police hope teens will make the right decision not to drive while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Teenage drinking is illegal.

Anyone under 21 who purchases or possesses alcohol can be fined $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for a second offense.

Anyone under the age of 21 caught Driving Under the Influence (DUI) - alcohol in the system - risks losing the right to drive for up to one year. For a second offense, the suspension is increased to two years.

A DUI has other negative effects. There are lawyer’s fees if the teen goes to court; the cost of the DUI ticket; and the potential for a dramatic rise in the cost of insurance or loss of insurance. A DUI can also affect future college plans.

Parents risk a fine and/or jail time if they provide alcohol to minors.

The Baltimore County Police Department wants teens to enjoy this special time while acting responsibly.

Revised June 27, 2017