The New Haven Field Office of the FBI and Yale University Police Department are proud to announce the fourth annual Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy (FLEYA), which will be held July 14 - 20, 2019. Two of the nation’s most notable and iconic institutions will again conduct a weeklong law enforcement and legal training camp for selected youth throughout Connecticut.
The FLEYA training program will be an overnight camp in which the FLEYA students will be chaperoned by sworn law enforcement and FBI employees. The chaperones chosen—which will include Yale Police Department officers, FBI employees, and FBI National Academy alumni—will oversee the daily and evening events. Each alumni officer will originate from the county that the students represent. This will act as a way to promote ongoing communication and networking between law enforcement and the students after the program ends.
This joint effort to promote future law enforcement career paths for Connecticut youth gives the selected youth an inside look at today’s FBI while simultaneously exposing them to various local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and practices. Yale’s campus will again serve as the home base for an academic environment, with the premier atmosphere to encourage students to pursue higher education and careers in law enforcement.
The students will receive specific classroom training and practical exercises in investigative forensics, use of cyber technology techniques for combating violent crime, counterintelligence, gang awareness, civil rights (hate crimes), and many more violations of state and federal law. This unique training will include classes with federal agents, assistant U.S. attorneys and states attorneys, local police, and judges. This program created in Connecticut is now being replicated in several states across the country.
The youth selected for this program must:
- Be between 15 - 18 years of age and returning to a Connecticut high school in fall 2019
- Be full-time Connecticut residents
- Be committed to physical fitness through sports or other activity
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.7 (must be verified prior to acceptance)
- Submit a completed online application, which includes a maximum 500-word written essay
- Participate in an initial telephone interview if selected by staff members of the academy.
- Participate in a final face-to-face panel style interview at FBI New Haven
The FLEYA program is free of charge to accepted students. There may be a minimal cost for a uniform polo-type shirt.
The application process starts January 15, 2019 and will be accepted through the deadline date of April 5, 2019. A total of 26 students (13 boys/13 girls) will be selected from urban and suburban area high schools in Connecticut to ensure a diverse gender, racial, and cultural learning environment and life experience. This training will promote tolerance, unity, and the importance of partnerships for success in the working world. No applications will be accepted after 5:00 p.m. on April 5, 2019, as the online application will be closed. The instructions for applications are on the website and must be strictly adhered to with no exceptions.
Program inquiries may be sent via email to CTOutreach@fbi.gov.