The Metropolitan Police Department and the city’s Department of Employment Services are partnering for the 2012 Junior Police Academy Program, a paid six-week summer program for District residents ages 14 to 17 who are interested in law enforcement, politics and the criminal justice system.

The program will run from June 25 to Aug. 3 Students must be D.C. residents to be paid through the city department’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

The application deadline is May 19 and participants will be notified by June 15. About 60 students will be selected for the program.

Participants will attend morning or afternoon roll call each day at police headquarters, make weekly trips to the MPD Police Academy, meet and hear from detectives, investigators, patrol officers, commanders and local judges and lawyers, as well as visit the 911 Center to learn how calls are routed.

They also will participate in outreach programs, including National Night Out and “All Hands on Deck” and visit the Crime & Punishment, Spy & News Museums, depending on funding availability.

For details and to download an application, visit: or contact Yvonne Smith at or 202-727-8809.