Following a record number of applications, WPD announces the second session of the Youth Police Academy will take place in July

2022 Youth Police Academy Graduates

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Police Chief Robert J. Tracy today congratulated the 24 young men and women who graduated from the Wilmington Police Department’s annual Youth Police Academy.

The attendees, who were joined by parents and family members, received certificates of completion at a ceremony held at Chase Fieldhouse yesterday, along with command staff from the Wilmington Police Department, the honor guard and officers who assisted during the academy program. . Academy staff also recognized several participants with special awards recognizing leadership, physical fitness and sportsmanship during the two-week program held at the Wilmington Police Athletic League June 20-July 1. A special honor given to a participant was the Terrence Newton Positive Impact Award, recognizing tireless effort and positive engagement and bearing the namesake of the late principal of Warner Elementary School.

“It’s wonderful to see how much these young men and women have gained by participating in this program and to hear how much they’ve learned about law enforcement and community service,” said the Chief. Tracy. “It is also gratifying to see the friendships they have made with our police officers, who have served as their mentors and role models over the past two weeks.”

After WPD received a record number of applications for this summer’s Youth Police Academy, the department is announcing a second session, to be held July 18 through July 29. This addition will ensure that everyone who has submitted an application will be able to participate in the program.

“The WPD Youth Academy is a fantastic opportunity for young people who are interested in law enforcement, or who can simply benefit from positive interactions with our police officers, to gain first-hand experience on the challenges and rewards associated with policing,” said Mayor Purzycki. “I congratulate all of the graduates and thank the many WPD leaders who establish this program each year, as well as JPMorgan Chase for their continued support.”

The program is designed to build on the relationship between police officers and the community they serve, while providing Wilmington youth with a better understanding of the challenges and responsibilities of police work, as well as how Law enforcement officers protect and serve Delaware’s largest city. . During the academy, participants attended a mock police academy that included lectures, role-playing, team-building exercises, hands-on activities, presentations, and a field trip.

The program included a range of topics, including conflict resolution, fingerprinting, crime scene investigation, drug awareness, traffic and criminal law, building searches, police operations, K9 unit, explosives and bomb investigations, physical agility training (push-ups, sit-ups, light calisthenics), first aid, gang awareness, juvenile justice system, arson and fire safety , report writing and internet safety. Attendees were also able to attend a Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball game and received special recognition at Frawley Stadium while enjoying the game with family members and police officers who ran the academy program.

This year’s Youth Police Academy program received help from JPMorgan Chase, which also helps support the WPD’s Learn to Ride program and other initiatives benefiting city residents. Mayor Purzycki and Chief Tracy expressed their gratitude to JPMorgan Chase for its continued commitment to Wilmington and the residents and businesses of Delaware’s largest city.

“JPMorgan Chase is proud to support important community programs such as the Youth Police Academy,” said Don Mell, Delaware site manager for JPMorgan Chase. “Bringing our community together and building trust between the young men and women of our city and the police officers who serve them is critical to the future of Wilmington.”

More details about this annual program can be found on our website at


John Rago
Deputy chief of staff
City of Wilmington, Mayor’s Office
Mobile: (302) 420-7928
Email: [email protected]