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Summer With the Metropolitan Police Department

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Through various partnerships around the city, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will provide opportunities for the District’s school-aged youth to enjoy an educational, fun-filled and safer summer. Get more information about summer programs below.

Additionally, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will offer a number of summer activities for young people. Learn more about their programs at the Department of Parks and Recreation website.

“Beat the Streets” - Age Group: All Ages

This community outreach event serves as a traveling Community Festival and is a partnership between the Metropolitan Police Department, local social service agencies and community vendors.  In a 3 to 5-hour block of time, community members (of all ages) enjoy musical performances from local marching bands and the MPD Police Band “Cops Come Knockin,” as well as a street festival-like environment with local vendors and literature distributed by local social service agencies. This is an opportunity for members of the community to experience the lighter side of the police department while enjoying dancing, free food and fun. (Free)

For more information on the summer schedule, contact:

Officer Arthur Douglas
School Resource Officer
Metropolitan Police Department
Phone: (202) 297-5124

Evening with the Arts — Age Group: 11-18 years

The MPD Patrol Services and School Safety Division summer arts program is designed for youth interested in the various artistic expressions to include drawing, painting, photography, videography, papier-måché, landscaping and gardening. The program will allow youth to participate on a daily or “drop in” basis to receive art lessons from Officer Theodor Brannum, Officer Tracey Taylor and landscaping/gardening instruction from Officer Maria Nicholson.

Each week, our activities will host a different theme and youth will participate with various outings to include museums visits,  photographs of city statutes and buildings, visits and engagement with seniors, and putting together a flower/herb garden. Youth participating in the various SYEP programs will also be encouraged to participate in the arts program. At the end of the summer, the art work produced by the youth will be displayed in a community exhibit.  Some of the art will be retained for display in MPD facilities. 

The Evening Arts program will be held at 801 Shepherd Street, NW, and the hours of operation are from 1 PM to 9 PM, Monday through Friday.  Interested youth and parents may call (202) 576-3408 for any questions or concerns.

Junior Police Academy Summer Job Program- Age Group: 14–18 years

This ten-week summer program is for students who are curious about law, politics, the court system, government or law enforcement to gain an insider's perspective of the criminal justice system and the internal operations of the Metropolitan Police Department. The Jr. Police Academy offers students an opportunity to compare what they see on TV shows like "CSI" and "Law & Order" to MPD and the District of Columbia Government. (Summer Job)

Students will:

  • Meet homicide detectives, investigators, police commanders, etc.
  • Visit the Forensic Science Services Division at MPD.
  • Visit the Crime & Punishment Museum.
  • Participate in round-table motivational discussions.
  • Visit the courthouse and interact with local judges.
  • Meet members from the US Attorney's Office and Office of the Attorney General.
  • Hear from lawyers about DC law and legal cases in the District and much more.
  • Visit the Junior Police Academy page for more details.

STARS Teen Camp Program - Age Group: 14–17

A partnership with the Summer Youth Employment Program, this summer job program will host two groups of teens (100 total) throughout the summer. The program will provide mentoring, motivational and recreational activities for youth between the ages of 14 and 17.

The STARS program is specifically designed to target youth, who are selected by School Resource Officers (SROs) and patrol officers, during the school year to participate in this educational and safety awareness summer day program. (Summer Job)
For more information, contact:

MPD’s Safe Summer Kickoff/WPGC Community Softball Game - Age Group: 13–18 years

This event will take place on the softball field of Stanton Elementary School on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 4pm – 8pm.  It will serve as the kickoff to a summer campaign promoting a safe summer for families and youth of all ages.

The event will also provide parents with some last-minute options for structured events (camps/summer jobs) for their children during the summer months, while enjoying the first of a series of Community Softball Games in conjunction with WPGC’s Outreach Team. The event will feature free food, fun and entertainment. (Free)
For more information, contact: or (202) 698-1454

National Night Out — All Ages

National Night Out is a law enforcement event, held the first Tuesday in August of each year.  This year, (August 7th) the Metropolitan Police Department will host a series of festive community events around the city on that night, related to this national celebration to include free food, entertainment and fun for all ages. (Free)