Law Enforcement Career Academy Accepting Camp Applications


For teens interested in entering law enforcement, the military or who just want to experience a week unlike any other, the American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy (ALLECA) is accepting applications.

The one-week camp puts teens through a training program similar to one officers experience when attending the police academy.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety leads the program with certified officers teaching various classes on law enforcement.

The Payson Police Department said it supports the camp and encourages any Payson area youth interested in law enforcement to take part.

“This program has helped those who attend to develop strong leadership skills,” said Police Chief Donald B. Engler. “The camp is based on team building and helps motivate and inspire youth to participate in leadership positions in school and community.”

The academy runs June 4-10, near Mormon Lake at St. Joseph’s Youth Camp, and is open to boys and girls ages 11 thru 18.

During the camp, teens will not only learn, they will also run. Physical training is rigorous, with cadets required to run 1.5 miles in 15 minutes and complete 35 push-ups and sit-ups at the start of camp.

Last year, 47 cadets graduated after competing a nine-mile run.

The camp costs $250 per cadet and includes food, board and uniform expenses. For further information, contact the Payson Police Department at (928) 474-5242 ext. 220 or visit


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