The American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy (ALLECA) has been in existence for 34-years and is a partnered program between the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZ DPS) and The American Legion-Department of Arizona. The American Legion believes that our young people have a strong sense of patriotism and a high regard for Law and Order. The objective of ALLECA is to provide a first-hand look at the role of a police officer and military member in promoting and safeguarding America’s freedom and rights. This could be described as a one-week mini-police academy or military boot camp. Sessions are planned annually during summer vacation. Discipline is strict with vigorous physical training, running, and calisthenics included. Obstacle courses and defensive tactics are planned. The ALLECA program is not a “boot camp” or a camp for problem or incorrigible, unmanageable teens. Various government and criminal justice officials will be guest speakers.
Basic instruction will be by certified police officers from various Arizona police agencies. All applicants must either be enrolled in a recognized school or have just graduated. They must have reached their 11th birthday in the month preceding the academy or have not reached their 19th birthday by the start date of the academy.
Tuition fees are the responsibility of the applicant. However, they may be paid by anyone including, but not limited to; relatives, businesses, local law agencies, fraternal organizations, friends, VFW, or DAV Posts or your local American Legion Post. If the tuition fee of $250 does not accompany the application, the applicant will be advised of whether or not other funds are available and whether they can be accepted or not. Tuition is non-refundable.
Each cadet will be furnished a uniform of trousers, belt, cap, polo shirt, t-shirts and shorts. Each cadet will be mailed (or emailed), prior to the opening of the session, a “CALL TO REPORT” letter. This will advise the cadet on what personal items will be needed for the one week session. Applicants must provide their own transportation to the Academy. If a hardship does exist, the applicant may contact either Sgt. Dan Palmer (Director) or Deputy Director Frank Whitten for possible assistance. Parents/guardians, relatives or friends are responsible for transportation after graduation.