The Valparaiso Police will once again sponsor the Junior Police Academy in 2020. The department is seeking high school age students that represent good citizenship, a positive attitude, and may have an interest in a career in law enforcement. The academy consists of two classes per week, and will begin in mid February and continue through April. Each class will be scheduled for 2-3 hours, per topic presented. The course is designed for high school students to meet officers and learn about the daily activities of police work. The topics presented include: traffic enforcement, crash investigation, crimes against young people, drug investigation, physical tactics, K9, SWAT, and various education topics geared toward our youth community. The class further allows for an opportunity for the students to partake in a field day, where they can show their learned skills in a variety of mock police related activities. Space is limited to attend the program, with applications available at the Valparaiso Police Department (355 Washington St.). All applications must be completed, accompanying a one-page essay as to why the student wishes to participate in the JPA, along with a parent signature, and returned to the Valparaiso Police Department by January 31, 2020. Please contact Sgt. Pat Yokovich, coordinator and instructor of the JPA, at 219-462-2135 or with any questions. Additional information will be made available at