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Canton Public Safety

Posted on: April 24, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Canton to host Police-Fire Youth Academy this summer

April 24, 2023, Canton, MI – This summer the Canton Police and Fire Departments will be hosting their annual Youth Academy for teens age 13 to 17 years old.  The academy will be held Monday, June 26 – Thursday, June 29, 2023, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

Participants will be provided with lunch and will participate in light physical activity every day, providing a fun, interactive learning experience designed to:

    Teach students about the daily operations of the police and fire departments, including the philosophy of teamwork

    Promote a greater understanding between the youth in our community and Canton’s police officers & firefighters

    Help students develop life skills that promote safe, smart thinking and decision making

Individuals attending this free academy will be educated on the police and fire departments operational procedures through presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities.  Students will gain personal knowledge on law enforcement’s role in the criminal justice system, as well as the firefighter’s role of providing emergency services to the community.  Attendees will better understand the training and education required for police officers and firefighters to effectively handle the challenges of their professions.

Applicants must be Canton residents, ages 13-17 (as of June 26, 2023), with no criminal history.  Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2023, online at

Class size is limited—participants meeting the minimum requirements will be randomly selected.  For additional information, please contact Community Relations Officer Patty Esselink at 734/394-5194.


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