Junior Citizens Police Academy

Junior Citizens Police Academy

The Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) will be conducting its first Junior Citizens Police Academy (JCPA) beginning July 15 through August 9, 2019.  It is a 5-day academy designed especially for kids from ages 13 to 18 years old. The JCPA is set up to inform Miami Gardens youth of the different aspects of law enforcement including community policing, criminal investigations, patrol duties, use of force, K-9 duties, SRT demonstration, and less lethal weapons. The JCPA begins at 9:00 a.m. each day and ends at 3 p.m. The course is free, attendance will be limited to 20 youths, lunch will be provided, and we encourage all who want to gain a working knowledge of their police department to attend. 

If you would like to attend or have your child attend the next JCPA, please complete an application. Paper applications are available at the Miami Gardens Police Department.


The mission of the Miami Gardens JCPA is to increase youth awareness and confidence, improve youth relations, and create a better understanding between the youth and the Police Department through education and a fun learning experience.


The JCPA is limited to Miami Gardens residents and children of parents who work within the boundaries of the City of Miami Gardens.  The youth must have no criminal convictions.

Once your application is completed and signed you may drop it off at the Miami Gardens Police Department or email it back to Commander Talibah Simmons.


The instructors of the JCPA will be officers and staff from the Miami Gardens Police Department, which will speak on their area of expertise. The JCPA is coordinated through the Training Unit of the Miami Gardens Police Department.

Session I:      July 15 - 19, 2019

Session II:     July 22 - 26, 2019

Session III:    July 29 - August 2, 2019

Session IV:    August 5 - 9, 2019