Yale Police, FBI to host second Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy

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Pictured at last year's FLEYA graduation ceremony are (from left) Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins, participant Cheyenne Antoine, and Kevin Kline, assistant special agent in charge for the Connecticut FBI. (Photo by Alaina Pritchard)

After last summer’s successful launch of a week-long law enforcement and legal training camp at Yale for selected youth throughout Connecticut, the Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy (FLEYA) will again be offered by the Yale University Police Department and The New Haven Field Office of the FBI.

Applications are now available on the FLEYA website and will be accepted through March 10, 2017.

Twenty-eight students 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.

FLEYA training academy students will live in Yale residential colleges for the week they are on campus. They will be chaperoned by sworn law enforcement and FBI employees. Chaperones will oversee daily and evening events, led by Yale police officers, FBI employees and FBI National Academy Alumni. Each alumni officer will come from the county that the students represent. Grady said this will help promote ongoing communication and networking between law enforcement and participating students after the program ends.

Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins, who helped create the academy, said, “This partnership exemplifies the university’s focus on fostering accessible educational programs that benefit community members.”

Higgins and the FBI team worked closely with Yale Conference Services to once again make the program possible.

FBI Community Outreach Specialist Charles Grady said, “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 being exposed to various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and practices.”

The students will receive specific classroom training and practical exercises in investigative forensics, use of cyber technology techniques for combating violent crime, counter-intelligence, 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 state’s attorneys, local police, and judges.

Fleya requirements:

The youth selected for this program must:

  • Be between 15 and 18 years of age and returning to a Connecticut high school in 2017
  • Be a full-time Connecticut resident
  • 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 will include a 200-word written essay
  • Participate in an initial telephone interview if selected by staff members of the academy.
  • Participate in a final panel-style interview at FBI New Haven

Student applications and instructions for FLEYA can be found on the fbi.gov/newhaven website (navigate to News and Outreach, then to In Your Community to Youth Outreach Initiatives.)

For additional information, contact: Charles Grady, community outreach specialist (COS) and Training/civic liaison specialist, at 203-503-5207 or Charles.Grady@ic.fbi.gov, or JoAnn Benson at 203-503-5270  or Joann.benson2@ic.fbi.gov

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