Youth police camp set June 23-28

Youth police camp set June 23-28

Illinois State Police and American Legion are planning the 47th annual American Legion Youth Police Camp (ALYPC), to be held June 23-28 at Camp Lincoln, located at 1301 North MacArthur Boulevard in Springfield.

Dozens of aspiring teens from across Illinois will discover career opportunities through training with police and military. The primary purpose of ALYPC is to establish an interactive and positive relationship between Illinois teens and law enforcement officers. The week-long residency camp is structured to promote educational and learning opportunities for youth ages 15-17 in the areas of law enforcement, military, leadership, cultural diversity, personal development, social and interpersonal skills, and physical fitness.

American Legion volunteers and ISP troopers are assigned to manage the program and serve as instructors and mentors. Many of the volunteers are former graduates of the program.

“The American Legion Youth Police Program gives cadets the opportunity to learn the core values that are instilled in law enforcement and the military,” said ISP Colonel Timothy Tyler. “Cadets are led by a dedicated cadre all week, and they take their experiences home with them to inspire the people around them.”

“The American Legion Youth Police Camp offers an outstanding opportunity for the Illinois State Police and the United States Armed Forces to join together to motivate and empower our youth,” said Navy veteran, American Legion member and ISP Acting Director Brendan F. Kelly. “The positive interaction with the youth during this week-long camp creates a strong sense of accomplishment for the cadets. It fosters a team environment and focuses on the importance of esprit de corps.”

The ALYPC cadets will be honored at a graduation ceremony on June 28 and will receive a graduation certificate.

Camp applications are available online at illegion.org/programs-services/safety-law-order. For more information, contact Safety Law and Order Chairman Delmar Buske at (217) 556-9555 or ISP Sergeant Jarran Riley at (217) 558-4902.