Yale Police Department & FBI Announce 2nd Annual Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy

January 11, 2017

The New Haven Field Office of the FBI and Yale University Police Department are proud to announce the second annual Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy (FLEYA). Two of the nation’s most notable and iconic institutions will again conduct a week-long 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 who will oversee the daily and evening events include Yale Police Department officers, FBI employees, and FBI National Academy Alumni. 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 being exposed 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, 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 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 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, to 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 New Haven website beginning January 9.

The application process starts January 9 2017, and applications will be accepted through March 10, 2017. A total of 28 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. No applications will be accepted after March 10, 2017, and the online application will be closed. The instructions for applications must be strictly adhered to with no exceptions.

Contact Information 
Community Outreach Specialist (COS) Charles Grady
charles.grady@ic.fbi.gov | (203) 503-5207

Training/Civic Liaison Specialist JoAnn Benson
joann.benson2@ic.fbi.gov | (203) 503-5270