Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Academy

2020-2021 Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program* (YCLEP):

Chairman:  Mike Mixon (24)

Vice Chairmen: Phil Dunn (180), Edward Mercer (55)

Advisory Consultants: Brett Reistad (270), Willie Blanch (368), Joe Vaccaro (56)

Member: Edward Bryant (46), Steve Hall (68), John Burrell (1991), Joyce Miller (180), Nelson Blankenship (133), John Schenk (327), Rick Ward (75), Tommy Powell (130)

PDC Advisor:  Brett Reistad (270)

YCLE Director:  Tommy Powell (130)

YCLE Director Emeritus: Ken Powell

YCLE Board Members:  Joyce Miller (180), Deloris Todman (165), Richard Ward (75)

Purpose- To supervise and coordinate Department activities, seeking to secure peace for the citizens of the United States through National and Homeland Security. Through educational programs, provide an opportunity for citizens and the youth of Virginia to learn about law enforcement responsibilities and training from various city, county, state and federal agencies. Committee responsibilities include supervision of the administration of the ROTC and National Guard Recognition Program and the Blood Donor Program.
To formulate, recommend and implement policies and procedures for the promotion of the POW/MIA issue throughout the membership of the American Legion in Virginia; to supervise and coordinate national programs regarding POW/MIA’s within the Department. To promote, formulate, recommend and implement policies and procedures necessary to recognize Fire Fighters and Police Officers by all Posts within the Department and forward Department winners to National for inclusion in National contests. To promote the use of facilities and manpower of The American Legion to augment agencies to maintain homeland security and border control in case of national emergencies and help to coordinate and promote observance of law and order by reason of the exigencies of war.

Reporting: The Chairman of the National Security Committee reports its actions and activities to the Department Executive Committee

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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