NMSP Youth Academy

New Mexico State Police Youth Academy

The New Mexico State Police, in partnership with non-profit organization Brandon’s Cause , is proud to announce its 2017 Youth Academy, to be held at the NMSP Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 18-24, 2017.
The purpose of this program is to reinforce positive values including leadership, citizenship, discipline, and accountability with New Mexico youth. The Academy will also provide students with insight regarding the policing profession and seek to improve understanding and cooperation between young people and law enforcement. Our goal is to make the Youth Academy a fun and educational experience that students will remember for years to come.
The academy will be open to New Mexico high school juniors and seniors academic year 2017-2018. Interested applicants must complete the application process, which includes a questionnaire and letter of recommendation from a non-family member. The application is included herein.
The deadline for submitting the application is May 10, 2017.
There are no associated costs for NMSP Youth Academy.
Completed applications must be mailed to Youth Academy Coordinator:
Officer Anthony Luna or emailed to nmsp.youthacademy@state.nm.us.
Any questions should also be directed to Officer Luna at 505-827-3368.
A competitive selection process will ensue once all applications are received. Those selected to attend will be notified personally of their admission and further steps to complete before the academy begins.

About the Academy:

Room and board will be included for the duration of the academy (males and females will be separated in different barracks with full-time staff assigned). Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Brandon’s Cause and the anticipated donations from businesses and individual citizens, the NMSP will provide equipment for the students, including a Youth Academy uniform, boots, t-shirts, and physical fitness gear.
The typical day will include physical fitness activities, room and personnel inspections, and a wide array of educational activities, with plenty of hands-on application. The students will also participate in mentoring and other group activities. This will include “campfire” discussions with state police officers and other community leaders.
The academy will conclude with a banquet on Friday evening, June 23, 2017, and a graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Times and locations are TBD.
Instruction and activities during the Youth Academy will include the following:
•First Aid/CPR
•Physical fitness and nutrition
•Firearms (marksmanship)
•Drinking and other impaired driving
•Defensive driving
•Drug abuse
•Conflict resolution & bullying
•Personal defensive tactics
•Criminal law, procedure, and investigations
•Police specialty team presentations: Aircraft , Tactical Team, K-9, Bomb Team, Dive Team, Crisis Negotiations Team, Motor Team, Crime Scene Team, Honor Guard, Narcotics
For other inquiries, please contact Officer Anthony Luna at the number listed above.


If you would like to donate, please contact a branch of the Sandia Area Federal Credit Union (www.sandia.org) and inquire about donating to the account under the name of Brandon’s Cause, Inc.