Teen Police Academy

Teen Police Academy

 The Greenville Police Department started having a Teen Police Academy in the 1990s but went away for a while. In 2006, former GPD School Resource Officer James Hamilton brought the program back and it has been going strong since. The program is a great way for teenagers that have completed the 8th grade to learn more about how the police department operates and how crimes are investigated. It is also a great introduction to the Greenville Police Department Explorer Program.

The Greenville Police Department will be holding the Teen Police Academy this summer from June 19th  through June 23rd at the Greenville Police Department. Class this year will start at 9 a.m. and will be finished by 4 p.m. Topics will include; Crime Scene Investigation, Accident Investigation, Gang Investigation, Narcotics Investigation, History of Law Enforcement, Patrol Procedures, SWAT Team, Negotiations Team, and Challenges of Policing in Today’s Society. Students will also get to hear presentations from the Greenville ISD Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Game Wardens, and the local Texas Ranger. Students will get to participate in working a mock crime scene, defensive tactics, and mock traffic stops, and will also go to the Texas A&M – Commerce Ropes Course for team building and confidence building.  

Teen Police Academy 2017

Teen Police Academy 2018

Because you will be attending class at the Greenville Police Department and there is a possibility you might see or hear sensitive information you must undergo a background check. Any student that has been arrested for anything above a Class B Misdemeanor will not be eligible to attend. This class is intended for students interested in law enforcement and is restricted to students that are entering 9th grade through graduating seniors.


The students will be required to dress appropriately. This includes no shorts, tank tops, clothing with holes, flip-flops, etc. Clothing should be pants, an appropriate shirt, and close-toed shoes. Students will get a one-hour lunch break each day and they can leave on their own or bring their lunch. Students will be expected to be respectful at all times and to conduct themselves as young adults.


Teen Police Academy General Information Letter
Teen Police Academy Permission Slip
Teen Police Academy Registration Form
Teen Police Academy Waiver


This program is completely free, and students need to fill out an application packet and have them turned in to the Greenville Police Department no later than June 9th, 2023. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Officer James Hamilton at 903-453-0432 or email at jhamilton@ci.greenville.tx.us