Law enforcement is near and dear to me. When I started to lay my plans out for what I wanted to pursue as a job, I always leaned toward law enforcement. My Uncle Kevin was a police officer in Elk River Minnesota. Several of my friend's parents were in law enforcement, so I was around it a lot. I just saw a Facebook post from the North Dakota Highway Patrol and said out loud, I wish this was around when I was growing up.

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The North Dakota Highway Patrol has announced its youth academy for 2024. The dates are July 30 - August 1. It's a free three-day residential learning experience for youth ages 16-19. This hands-on program will provide participants with the knowledge of the basic duties of an NDHP trooper and some basic understanding of the North Dakota Highway Patrol's commitment to communities throughout the state.

Areas of Focus:

  • Firearms safety
  • Defensive Driving/Insurance Reduction
  • CPR Certification
  • Traffic Stops
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Criminal Law
  • NDHP Specialty Services


  • High school junior, senior, or recent graduate (ages 16-19)
  • Valid North Dakota driver's license or permit
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • current medical physical
  • One personal reference
  • Telephone interview with an NDHP Trooper
  • Completed application process

This academy training will be held in Bismarck, and the class size is limited to just 16 participants. If you want more information, you can call Trooper Michael Wald at 701-580-0806 or Sgt. Jenna Clawon Huibregtse at 701-712-1621. You can click here to start the application process.
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The opportunity provided by the North Dakota Highway Patrol's youth academy represents more than just a training program—it's a chance for young individuals with a passion for law enforcement to immerse themselves in a valuable educational experience. I encourage any eligible youth to seize this remarkable opportunity and embark on a journey that could shape their future in remarkable ways.

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