Thank you for your interest in the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Youth Academy! This exciting and interactive week-long Academy is designed to educate youth in our community about current safety challenges, and provide them with an inside look at the programs, training, and technology used by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. There are no physical requirements and it’s a free course taught by members of the Sheriff’s Office leadership team, deputy sheriffs, investigators, and other agency staff.
The Youth Academy is offered for educational purposes only and does not provide any certification
2018 Academy dates
The Sheriff’s Office is hosting three identical deliveries of the Youth Academy this summer, split up by grade level. We are unable to accept applications for all three.
Monday June 11, 2018- Friday June 15, 2017- Class #9- only incoming 6th graders can apply for this week
Monday June 25, 2018- Friday June 29, 2018- Class #10- only incoming 7th graders can apply for this week
Monday July 16, 2018- Friday July 20, 2018- Class #11- only incoming 8th graders can apply for this week
Due to the overwhelming response for this program, if you child has participated in previous years they will not be able to participate again.
The Academy is scheduled from 8:30a.m.- 5:30p.m. each day. Youth participants will meet at the Sheriff’s Office Professional Development Center located at 2772 Depot Avenue, in Sanford. Parents/guardians can drop off and sign their children in as early as 8:00a.m. and we ask that your children be picked up and signed out no later than 5:45p.m.
The 2017 Youth Academy Applications will close when then Sheriff's Office has filled the class, which usually occurs within one to two days, so apply as soon as the application opens! Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis as seats are limited.
The course begins with an introduction by Sheriff Dennis M. Lemma. The sessions include presentations on topics such as: neighborhood policing, investigations, training, traffic safety and forensics. Class members will also learn about internet safety, bullying, decision-making, substance abuse, and character development.
Class participants will tour the John E. Polk Correctional Facility, the 911 Communications Center, and the Criminal Justice Center. Participants will also see demonstrations from the Special Operations Unit (SWAT, Aviation, Range and Water, K9 and EOD), produce a television public service announcement, participate in an exercise in the Emergency Operations Center, perform basic Honor Guard techniques, and serve as jurors in a mock trial hosted by the State Attorney’s Office.
All transportation and supervision throughout the Academy will be provided by Sheriff’s Office personnel. Academy participants will bring their own lunch Monday through Thursday. Lunch will be provided on Friday. There is no cost for the Academy.
Application Process and Criteria
The Youth Academy is open to youth who will be entering grade 6, 7 or 8 and are between 11 and 13 years of age. Applicants must also reside in Seminole County or attend school (or be home schooled) in Seminole County. In order to be accepted, youth may not have a criminal record.
Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis as seats are limited. A background check will be conducted on the applicant and his/her parents/guardians. The numbers of seats available to family members of employees are strictly limited. All applicants will be notified via email by Friday May 12, 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact the Public Affairs Division at (407) 665-6700 or via email at PublicAffairs@seminolesheriff.org