Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Academy

2019-2020 Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program* (YCLEP):

After considerable consideration by the Virginia State Police administration and the Virginia American Legion leadership, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Academy scheduled for 14-19 June, 2020. We waited as long as we did, hoping that we could still provide a completely safe and healthy environment for our youth who participate, our  dedicated Legion counselors and to our Virginia State Police partners who have supported us in this endeavor for over 30 years. With the unknown longevity of this COVID-19 situation, we felt it was in the best interest of all involved to make this decision now, even though we are deeply disappointed to have to do so. This is just one of many disappointments that our American Legion Family and those that support our programs have had to endure the past couple weeks. We all ask for your understanding. Any questions or concerns should be directed to VA American Legion Academy Director Bill Feasenmyer at Thank you.

Director:  Bill Feasenmyer (284)

Director Emeritus: Ken Powell (325)

Advisory Consultants: Joyce Miller (180), Deloris Todman (165)

Member: Tommy Powell (130), Richard Ward (75)

PDC Advisor:  Brett Reistad (270)

Since 1989, The Virginia American Legion and the Virginia State Police have conducted a week-long hands-on event for rising high school seniors (male & female) at the VSP Training Academy. Those interested in a law enforcement career get a small glimpse of the varied training a trooper experiences. For more information, contact Program Director Bill Feasenmyer at (804) 520-9280 W, (804) 337-8753 C or

Next Academy: June 14-19 2020

The following Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program (YCLE) documents are available:

YCLE Brochure

YCLE Application

YCLE Memo From Chairman

YCLE Memo to Posts

YCLE Post Guidelines

2019 Virginia Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Academy Completed

Highlights of the 2019 YCLE Academy in the video below.

The American Legion Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program Promotional Video

The American Legion Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program serves to introduce youth to the field of law enforcement’s  principles, discipline, ethics, physical fitness, and teamwork. Programs are conducted in cooperation with local and state law enforcement agencies, and are typically held during the summer at the various law enforcement facilities.
I am pleased to reintroduce to you our latest Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program resource, a brief promotional video created by our very own Media and Communications Division, and it highlights one of our many outstanding Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Programs.
This video was originally introduced at the 2014 Spring Meetings in April, in an effort to encourage departments to create and adopt a Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program.


Thanks to those departments that currently have a program, and I encourage those remaining departments without a program to develop one, it’s a wonderful opportunity for youth to learn about Law Enforcement!

YCLE Videos

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