The Lakewood Police Youth Academy is a cherished community initiative organized by the dedicated School Resource Officers of the Lakewood Police Department. This immersive program aides the departments commitment to foster positive community relations and shape the future leaders of tomorrow. This program is designed to engage students in grades 6 through 8 in an educational and interactive exploration of law enforcement & public safety.

Scheduled to take place from August 7th through the16th, the Lakewood Police Youth Academy promises an exhilarating experience for young recruits. Participants will partake in a wide variety of activities, including exciting demonstrations from the Lakewood Emergency Medical Services Department, the Lakewood Fire Department, and specialized units such as the Lakewood Police SRT, K9, & Water Rescue.

One of the highlights of this year’s academy will be its emphasis on hands-on learning. Recruits will have the opportunity to engage with professionals from various public safety agencies, gaining valuable insights into their roles and responsibilities. Additionally, scheduled trips this year include a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Tour at the Atlantic City International Airport, a visit to the Academy of Law & Public Safety (ALPS), and an exclusive tour of the Lakewood Police Department.

Parents of accepted recruits are required to attend a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, August 6th, at 7:00 PM. This meeting will provide essential information about the program and ensure that parents and guardians are well-informed about their child’s participation.

Registration for the 2024 Lakewood Police Youth Academy must be completed by June 30th. To register, visit the Lakewood Police Department website at For further inquiries and additional information, please contact the Lakewood Police School Resource Officers at or call 732-363-0200, ext. 8293.