I would like to introduce you to the Doug Woodham Dallas Junior Police Academy. First, we are a 501(c)(3) corporation as of 2013. The JPA program has been founded to teach Dallas Area students to keep themselves safe and, in turn, their community safe and “make better choices”. Beginning in 2010, the main activity of JPA was, and still is, having academy classes for students. The Academy classes have always been planned by a volunteer committee, which consists of community volunteers, current and retired Dallas Police Department officers, a retired FBI employee, and a former Dallas City Council Member. The classes are taught by Dallas Police Officers, volunteers from other non-profits, JPA Board members, Dallas Police Explorers and community volunteers.
The Basic Class is for students in the 4th-7th grade and is held at the Police Academy. JPA now accepts up to 100 students for each class on a first-come, first-serve basis, and each student goes through a background check prior to acceptance. Our classes fill up quickly (last one filled up in 2½ days) and we have 150-200 students per class on the waiting list. We plan to have four Basic Classes in 2018. We have had approximately 2,000 students attend the classes.