Police Accepting Applications to Summer Camps

Published on March 15, 2022


ARLINGTON, Va. – As part of our department’s key initiative of Community Engagement, the Youth Outreach Unit (YOU) works to proactively engage youth in Arlington through community-based outreach strategies. YOU Officers are excited to offer three camps focused on education, relationship-building and positive youth development while ensuring participants enjoy a fun-filled and safe summer.

Arlington County Summer Teen Enrichment Program

The Arlington County Summer Teen Enrichment Program (AC STEP) is for Arlington high school students and provides participants with positive experiences and mentorship with officers through a program designed to develop their leadership skills, provide the students with smart decision-making skills, and educative lessons. Participants also engage in discussions about the dangers of risky behaviors, gain practical knowledge, and lifestyle skills important to employment and mental health. The program promotes healthy lifestyles through team building, leadership activities and self-confidence.

The free, week-long AC STEP will begin on Monday, August 1. Participants may be referred to the program for participation or submit an application. To learn more about AC STEP, visit our website.

Teen Police Academy

The first annual Teen Police Academy is for rising Arlington 10th – 12th grade students who want to explore a career in law enforcement. Through classroom presentations, hands-on learning, scenario training, and field trips, the Teen Police Academy will educate participants about a career in law enforcement, while also giving them a better understanding of how the police department operates and its role in the community. Participants can ask questions of presenters and share their insights throughout the program.

The free, week-long Teen Police Academy will begin on Monday, July 18. To learn more about the academy and to submit an application, visit our website.

Summer Safety Patrol Camp

Safety Patrol Camp is for rising Arlington 4th or 5th grade students. Safety Patrol Camp is for those students who would like to be Safety Patrols for the upcoming school year. Children attending this camp receive instruction on their patrol responsibilities, participate in group activities, meet special guests from the police department and county agencies, and complete fun crafts.

Four week-long sessions of the 2022 Summer Safety Patrol Camp are being held from June  - August. To learn more about the program, camp fee and to submit an application, visit our website

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