Springfield Junior Police Academy &
Teen Academy

Do you have children interested in learning about law enforcement? This page contains information about the Springfield Police Department’s Junior Police Academy and the Springfield Police’s Teen Academy. Each program is free and is geared towards a specific age group.

The next TEEN Academy will take place January 2 - 4, 2019 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. each day. Dates for the Junior Academy have not yet been set.

The online application for the TEEN Academy is available at the bottom of this page. Individuals may also pick up a printed application at the Springfield Police Department located at 800 E. Monroe in Springfield or may receive an electronic document by emailing vanda.houston@springfield.il.us.

Information About the Application

Junior Police Academy

The Junior Police Academy is a free program that gives children ages 8- to 12-years-old an opportunity to learn about the Springfield Police Department by participating in activities at the Springfield Police Academy located at 3501 Color Plant Road.


Teens between the ages of 13- to 17-years-old are encouraged to attend the Teen Police Academy. The next Teen Academy is January 2 – 4, 2019, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.. Attendees will learn about the various aspects of the Springfield Police Department through hands-on activities and classroom learning.

The program takes place at the Springfield Police Academy located at 3501 Color Plant Road. The program is free but limited to 20 participants.

To download the program flyer, click here. To register your child, please complete the online application below.

Application Process

Below is the online application. Printed applications can be obtained by visiting the Springfield Police Department at 800 E. Monroe, or by emailing vanda.houston@springfield.il.us.

Applicants must not have been arrested, charged, or under investigation for any misdemeanor or felony criminal violations, or crimes of moral turpitude. Any applicant who has an outstanding warrant will be disqualified.

Academy staff members are not licensed to administer any types of medications to attendees. It will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to administer the medication at the time it is prescribed to be taken.

Instructions for completing the applications:

  • The online application is available below.
  • If you submit a paper application, please print all information clearly.
  • Print all information clearly.
  • Complete all blanks on the form. Place a “N/A” on items that do not apply.
  • Complete to the best of your ability a short paragraph on why you wish to attend this program. Include some reasons why you should be considered for the program (role model to others, leadership abilities, etc.) If you submit a paper application, please use a separate sheet of paper if needed.
  • Provide names of two persons that may be contacted for emergency purposes.
  • Have your parents/guardian approve your application and participation in the program by filling out the additional forms, and signing the bottom of the application.
  • Provide a current physical examination from your doctor, approving your participation in physical activity. (Previous year school physical or a note from the physician will be accepted).
  • If you have any questions you may call the Springfield Police Department at 217.788.8397.

Enrollment Form

Age Group:
Full Name:
Date of Birth:
Primary Guardian's Name:
Primary Guardian's Email:
Primary Phone:
Secondary phone:
Emergency Contact #1:
Contact #1 Address:
Contact #1 Phone:
Emergency Contact #2:
Contact #2 Address:
Contact #2 Phone:
School Currently Attending:
Grade Level:

Please explain briefly why you would like to attend the Junior/Teen Police Academy.

Please list any clubs, groups or organizations you may belong to or are affiliated with, also list any awards or recognitions you may have received.

Do you have any medical conditions that would prohibit you from participating in physical activity? If so, please list in detail. Please email a copy of the doctor’s note to vanda.houston@springfield.il.us.

Do you have any allergies to medications, food, bee or wasp stings, etc? If so, please list any allergies you have and what happens to you if you are exposed to these items.

Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime?

If yes to above question, please explain details of offense/crime, date of crime and location where the crime took place.

Have you ever attended the Junior/Teen Police Academy?

If yes to above question, what year did you attend?

I hereby certify that there are no willful misrepresentations, omissions, or falsifications in the forgoing statements and answer to questions. I understand that my omission or false statements on this application will be sufficient cause for rejection for enrollment or dismissal from the Junior/Teen Police Academy. I also understand that the Springfield Police Department may complete an investigation on any information provided and may ask for personal references.

The Springfield Police Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, veteran status or age in the administration of its educational programs and admission policies.

Checking this box is considered a legal signature in the State of Illinois, and binds you to the accuracy of the information provided above.