Youth Academy Program

The Hayward Police Department’s Summer Youth Academy is a week long program offered annually each summer.

This unique opportunity provides students with a greater understanding of the inner workings of a police department, as well as procedures, as taught by the Law Enforcement professionals themselves. The purpose of the academy is to educate the youth on what laws are enforced and their importance, as well as strengthen the relationship between both the community and the Police.  

This course may include exposure to simulated firearms and graphic subject matter.

Due to an overwhelming response from the community we are no longer accepting applications for the 2024 Summer Youth Academy:

If you submitted your child's application prior to Thursday, May 30, a staff member will reach out to you directly about your application status. If you are still looking for fun, free activities for your kids this summer, check out HPD's Summer Fun Recreational Program and the Hayward Public Library's Summer Learning Activities

Class locations will be held in Hayward at:  

  • Downtown Library (Map)
  • Hayward Executive Airport Hangar (Map)

The Academy is presented over five days and covers the following topics

  • Patrol Structure/Recruitment
  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse/Tobacco
  • Special Victims Unit
  • Forensics/Crime Scene
  • Investigations
  • VICE/Intelligence
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Gangs & Graffiti
  • SWAT/K9 Demo
  • Crisis Negotiation/De-Escalation
  • Bomb Squad demo
  • Cyber bullying/Social Media
  • Healthy dating/Domestic Violence