The Palestine Police Youth Corps is a law enforcement career-oriented program established to mentor youth ages 14 to 20 years of age. The program is meant to serve by providing knowledge, skills, and practical experiences through education and training delivered by public safety professionals (Mentors) that build character, physical fitness, and respect for the rule of law and human and civil rights.
Corpsmen train at weekly meetings on law enforcement techniques and practices, such as arrest, search and seizure, firearms safety, control tactics, crime scene investigations, handcuffing, building searches, traffic enforcement, and many more aspects of the law enforcement profession.
Corpsmen train to compete against other Youth Corps and Explorer teams throughout the area, state, and even the nation. Our Youth Corps test their learned skills against one another, with the top participants and teams receiving awards for their performance.
Corpsmen provide assistance to the Palestine Police Department by volunteering their time at various community events and activities. As individuals, the youth involved gives back to their community by completing hundreds of hours of community service each year. They become role models for their peers and friends and serve as catalysts for positive police relationships within our communities
Qualifications to Join
To be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must be at least 14 years old, and completed the 8th grade. The maximum age is 20 years old.
- Both males and females are encouraged to join.
- Be enrolled in school and maintain at least a "C" (70) or higher GPA. They must also have a high school diploma or GED if not in school.
- Pass a background investigation and maintain a neat and clean appearance
- Personal History - Applicants cannot have a criminal record, including arrests or convictions. Traffic violations do not disqualify an applicant unless it is obvious that he/she is a habitual offender. Each applicant is expected to avoid the use of illegal narcotics, alcohol, or tobacco products and be sound in health and fitness. Anyone terminated from employment based on any type of theft or deception is also a disqualifier. Anyone who has a theft offense designated as a Class B misdemeanor or higher will be a disqualifier.
Applicants under 18 years of age must have parental consent to enroll in the program.
After being accepted into the program, you will be required to purchase the uniform for the weekly training.
Youth Corps typically meet every Tuesday from 6 pm to 8 pm.