Youth Academy

The Hoke County Sheriff's Office holds an annual youth academy every summer. This is a FREE program designed to provide young people in our community the opportunity to gain insight into the everyday functions and training of law enforcement and emergency services. The youth academy is a program offered to students who are interested in law enforcement (it is NOT a boot camp for troubled youth). It is designed to operate like an academy for those interested in law enforcement. The daily curriculum includes physical training, hands-on learning, and demonstrations from specialized units.

About The Academy

The Hoke County Sheriff's Youth Academy will commence on the grounds of the Hoke County High School in Raeford, North Carolina,  an attractive and functional campus whose academy instructors are comprised of experts in various areas of law enforcement.

Subjects To Be Covered

Physical Fitness and Training, Officer Safety, Traffic, Road Patrol, Investigations, Evidence (CSI), K-9, Civil Law, Court, Detention (Jail) and Community Policing.

Application Procedure

The entire application package, including all waivers, must be filled out and returned by the application deadline for consideration.

Applicants must currently be in the grades of 9th to 12th to be eligible.

All recruits will be expected to adhere to the rules and guidelines of the Hoke County Sheriff's Office Youth Academy.

Recruits are required to participate in all scheduled activities to the best of their ability. The program director may terminate a recruit from participating in the Sheriff's Youth Academy for not following the rules set forth.

Eligibility Criteria:

Any Hoke County student currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12. All applicants must have their parents/guardians sign all waivers, complete the application, and obtain a medical release note from their physician. Fee Information:


This is a FREE program! Lunch will be provided for the cadets. Transportation to and from the facilities is the responsibility of the parents/guardians.