Teen Academy

The Sheriff's Office Summer Teen Academy is a FREE two-week program designed to provide students with an inside look at various aspects of the Sheriff's Office and law enforcement. The academy will:

  • Cover topics including traffic law, criminal law, Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT), Dive Team, K9, CSI, and bomb investigation.
  • Host a tour of a County jail and County courthouse.
  • Invite students to complete a ride-along with a patrol deputy.

There will be two academies from which to choose:

  • The first academy is from June 8 to June 18, 2020. (The application period closed on June 1, 2020.)
  • The second is from July 27 to August 8, 2020. (Applications are due July 20, 2020. The application period may reopen later but is currently suspended until further notice.)

Classes will run Monday-Thursday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Richey Training Center in San Jose. We encourage participants to arrange their own transportation to and from class. However, contact Sheriff's personnel using the information below if you will have difficulties arranging transportation.

The academy is intended to provide students with an overview of Sheriff's Office functions and procedures. Although the curriculum and teaching methods are similar to those used in a law enforcement academy, the sessions are not intended to make the participants law enforcement officers. To be selected by the Sheriff's Office, applicants to the academy will be subject to a modified background investigation and must meet certain requirements:

  • Applicants must not have disciplinary or truancy issues at school.
  • Applicants must reside or attend a high school within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Office (or have just graduated).
  • Applicants cannot have any felony judgments against them.
  • Applicants cannot have any arrests involving violence, drugs, or possession or use of weapons.
  • Applicants cannot have any misdemeanor judgments against them within the last two years.
  • Applicants cannot currently be on probation or parole.

Any participant who becomes involved in a criminal matter or is found to be involved in any situation that may result in an arrest or suspension from school will be immediately removed from the academy. The Sheriff's Office may also dismiss participants who lie in the academy or lied in the application process.

Paper applications are available for pickup at Cupertino and Saratoga middle and high schools, Quinlan Center, and the Sheriff's Office West Valley Substation, 1601 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino. The application period may reopen later but is currently suspended until further notice.

For more information, please call the Sheriff's Office West Valley Substation, (408) 868-6600, or e-mail [email protected].​​​

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