MJPA

CADET CODE

As a student in this program, you are expected and required to conduct yourself in a respectful and professional manner at all times.  Not only are you role models to other students, but you are a representative of the Los Angeles Police Academy Magnet Schools (P.A.M.S.) Program, and also of your community.  You are the key to making and keeping a good solid reputation for yourself, your school, and for this program.  Cadets are expected to show good citizenship, behavior, and morality, both in and out of school.  The following rules shall be adhered to at all times.  Violation of these rules may result in exclusion from the program, loss of eligibility and/or exclusion from activities including field trips, assemblies, etc.

Each Cadet shall:

1. Maintain good attendance in every class.  Ten absences each semester, with or without a note, are a

     cause for exclusion from the Junior Police Academy activities.

2. Keep tardies to a minimum, no more than three each semester.

3. Maintain a 2.0 grade point average.  Students who receive below standard marks during any report

     card period will be placed on academic probation.

4. Arrive to class prepared to work, with all necessary materials (pens, pencils, paper, books, etc.).

5. Give your full attention to any person giving a presentation in class.

6. Address all adults properly (Sir/Ma’am).

7. When asking a question in class to a visitor or guest speaker, you shall;

     a. Raise your hand and wait to be called on.

     b. Stand when called on.

     c. Identify yourself, “Sir/Ma’am, Cadet (your name)…”

     d. Ask your question and take your seat.

 To culminate from the program with a ‘Certificate of Completion’, cadets need to:

     1. Maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

     2. Maintain good attendance in every class.

     3. Complete “Community Service Hours” and parents must complete “Parent Volunteer” hours.  (See

          Community Service Form.)

    4. Participate in specific activities (ie. Pride Run, etc.)

 

Roll Call / Inspection Uniform Dress:

Inspection is held on Tuesday of each week or designated special events (ie., field trips, etc.) at which time students will be required to wear their inspection uniforms the entire day.  Inspection uniform requirements are as follows:

     1. Dark blue/navy school uniform pants (as determined by the Magnet Office).

     2. Inspection polo shirts must be worn with a white crew neck undershirt (purchased from the

          P.A.P.A. Boosters).

     3. All black athletic shoes with black socks.

     4. White socks shall be worn when wearing shorts (this includes P.E. shorts).

     5. Navy canvas belts with plain nickel buckle are required.  (No initials or symbols.)

     6. Outerwear: M.J.P.A. official jacket (see letter of qualification - if applicable) or M.J.P.A. crewneck

          sweatshirt.

Roll call/inspection dress day will be established the beginning of the year.  Once established, we need you - the parents, to support the teachers by reinforcing that your child is not only on time daily but dressed properly in his/her Police Academy uniform. 

 

Non Roll Call / Inspection Dress Code:

When not in inspection uniform dress, the dress code policy will be:

     1. Dark blue/navy school uniform pants (trouser style, no denim or jeans), shorts (cannot be tight or

          cut-off pants) or skorts.  Skinny pants, jeans styled, or cargo pants with pockets on the side or

          elsewhere are not permitted.

     2. Navy Junior Police Academy polo shirt is to be worn on all non-roll call days.  The shirt must be

          worn tucked in at all times. For warmth, long sleeve navy blue t-shirts may be worn under the

          Police Academy polo shirt.

     3. All black athletic shoes are to be worn with white socks in shorts or P.E. clothes.  Black socks are  

          to be worn with uniform pants.

     4. Outerwear: M.J.P.A. gear or plain navy jacket or sweatshirt is permitted.  Official jacket (see letter

          of qualification if applicable) is permissible.

     5. All clothing must be of proper fit and size (no oversized or tight pants or shirts) and must be worn

          correctly.

Remember, it is not only what you wear that is important, but also how you wear your uniforms is very important.

 

Grooming (daily):

As a representative of the Junior Police Academy, it is expected that you adhere to the standards of the program.  If in doubt about how you should look, check with your on-site police officer.

     1. A clean, neat appearance is standard for all Cadets.

     2. Hair must be a natural color, neat, groomed, and out of the eyes.

     3. Fingernails must be clean and trimmed.  Girls may wear a conservative shade of nail polish (no

          purple, green, blue) with no ornamentation on the nails.

     4. Bracelets, necklaces, or conspicuous rings may not be worn with the uniform unless previously

          approved by the LAPD officer.  Body piercings and oversized jewelry is not permitted.

     5. Female Cadets:

          a. No large or dangling earrings.  For Inspection, only studs are permitted.

          b. Long hair must be tied back above the shirt collar (in a bun) with a black or dark blue hair

               accessory (commonly called ‘scrunches’) for Inspection.

          c. Bangs need to be clipped back and hair must remain out of the Cadet’s eyes.

     6. Male Cadets:

          a. No earrings, piercings, etc.

          b. Haircuts must remain above the collar and cannot cover the ears.  No mohawks or moptops. 

               Hair on top no longer than 2 inches.

 

Rank:

The Junior Police Academy Cadets provide their own leadership with Cadet Officers and Squad Leaders.  Officers include ta Captain, four Lieutenants, and Grade Level Sergeants IIs.  Officers are responsible for calling the class to attention when necessary, organizing the class and providing leadership in and out of the classroom.  Squad leaders shall assume leadership responsibilities.  The on-site L.A.P.D. Officer and the Junior Police Academy Coordinator will appoint officers and squad leaders, based upon leadership abilities, academic performance, merits, and attitude.  When an officer’s or squad leader’s grades fall below eligibility, and/or their conduct does not meet citizenship and/or behavior standards, they will be stripped of their rank and a replacement shall be appointed.  Class leaders shall be role models, examples, and capable of participation in all aspects of the program (including the training program and physical activities).

 

Physical Training:

The Physical Training curriculum includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced physical training for all grade levels.  The Junior Police Academy Training program has facilities that include an obstacle course and weight training room.  The Cadets can utilize one or more of the facilities on a daily basis.

 

Participation in any sport or physical activity, including the Police Academy Training Program, is subject to a risk of injury.  Injuries can include the cost of medical care and the impairment of a student’s future activities.  Because of possible injury, Cadets must recognize the importance of following the teachers’ and coaches’ instructions regarding techniques, training, and other safety rules, students are required to follow any and all Safety Training Rules.  Accepting enrollment into the Junior Police Academy acknowledges parental consent for the Cadet and releases the student to participate in these activities.

 

Community Service:

Community Service provides character development, personal growth, and helps students recognize their connection to the community at large.  Each student enrolled in the Junior Police Academy Magnet needs to complete a community service requirement as a necessary part of the magnet program culmination.  Community Service Logs are incorporated into each cadet’s Agenda Book, so it is important that each cadet obtains and keeps copies of all “Verification of Participation” in case the Agenda Book becomes lost.

 

Type of service and hourly requirements are based on grade level (also see handout “Community Service Requirements”):

     * 6th grade needs 5 hours of community service per semester.

     * 7th and 8th grades have 10 hours of community service per semester.

 

Curriculum:

Junior Police Academy Cadets are required to take classes in the core academic content areas (English, Math, Science, and History) and Physical Training/Conditioning.  In addition, they will be enrolled in grade level specific Police Academy electives.

     6th grade-  Study Skills

                        iLead; Introduction to Leadership

                        Rank and File

                        Environmental Forensics

     7th grade-  Forensics Evidence

                        iCommunicate; Investigative Communication

     8th grade-  C.S.I.; Crime Scene Investigations

                        iAmerican, Law & Government

 

Awards:

Students have many opportunities to earn awards for excellence.  These awards reflect achievement in different areas of Academics and conduct.  They include academic excellence, subject matter excellence, academic improvement, behavior, work habits, perfect attendance (includes no unexcused tardies), and community service awards.

The DOING THE RIGHT THING awards are a special honor given in each grade level, 6th, 7th, and 8th, by the Junior Police Academy Staff.  The decision is based on Cadets who best exemplifies the policies as stated in the CADET CODE.  This award is based on academic merit, behavior, attendance, tenacity, adherence to school and academy rules, and commitment to the program. 

Agenda Book Policy:

Each Cadet in the Police Academy at Mulholland Middle School is given an agenda book at the beginning of the school year.  The main purpose of this agenda book is to teach the Cadets effective time management skills and responsibility.  In addition, the M.J.P.A. teachers use the agenda book as a method to communicate with parents on a daily basis by having a stamping system, sending notes home to parents, and as a “Daily” should the parents request a day-to-day update.  In effect, the agenda book acts as a daily record of cadet progress or lack thereof.  Parents need to check the agenda books on a daily basis.

 

In each class, Cadets are required to write their class assignments (homework/classwork) on the day it is assigned.  If no class assignment was given that day, N/A (for no assignment) needs not be written in the appropriate class and day. This is to help them organize their time and make sure that they turn in all assignments on time.  And, if a student or parent has a question about grading, refer to the teacher’s grading policy and syllabus.

 

Parents, please help us, as we guide your child to be the ‘best that they can be’, by checking the agenda book daily and signing it weekly.  Note: Agenda book compliance will affect grades.

 

Discipline Policy:

The Junior Police Academy Magnet has a progressive discipline policy for minor violations (including sharing lockers, truancies, tardies, and hair and uniform non-compliance).   It consists of:

     1. Warning;

     2. Informal Teacher / Student Conference;

     3. Formal Teacher / Student Conference, Parent notification of #1 and 2;

     4. Teacher / Parent Conference;

     5. Consequence, no parent notification;

          a. Campus beautification.

          b. Loss of locker privilege.

               i. First offense – 1 week locker suspension.

               ii. Second offense – 2 week locker suspension.

               iii. Third offense – no more locker use.

          c. Detention.

          d. Suspension

     6. Notification to Administrator / Dean / Counselor

 

Major infractions, such as bullying, fighting, drugs, or weapons, will be referred to the Administrative Offices or the Dean for disciplinary action up to and including suspensions, expulsions, and removal from the Magnet program.

 

Technology Age:

By offering the Cadets specific classes, academics and electives, our program is designed to enhance critical thinking.  Some of these classes utilize the Internet.  Acceptance of this Cadet Code also establishes parental permission for Internet access.

 

We take great pride in the many accomplishments of our cadets.  As part of our commitment to improving student achievement, photographic and video documentation is an ongoing occurrence in the Jr. Police Academy.  In addition, The Jr. Police Academy is a unique program featured frequently as a model Magnet program.  Acceptance of this Cadet Code gives permission to photograph and videotape your child.  If a student is used in a publication, then parents will be contacted on an individual basis.

MJPA Vision Statement

 The Police Academy Magnet Program emphasizes discipline, academics and career opportunities in civic service within our local city and county governments. The vision is to strive for academic excellence for all students, by providing a rigorous curriculum, using the best educational practices, integrating technology, thematically designed curriculum, and providing an opportunity for extra-curricular enrichment activities establishing practices that foster a lifetime of achievement.

MJPA Program Description

The Mulholland’s Junior Police Academy, the Nation’s first middle school program, provides a rigorous academic program centered on law enforcement and law enforcement related careers.  The Police Academy Magnet Program encourages all students to be successful through their secondary and post-secondary careers, through a rigorous academic program with an emphasis on discipline and study skills.

By providing an environment of structure, the academy’s main goal is to create a learning environment in which all students can achieve academic excellence by understanding the importance of integrity, commitment, responsibility, self-discipline, confidence, and pride.  Students are expected to have pride in themselves, understand the importance of integrity, commitment and hard work, and sharpen their leadership skills, while showing compassion and respect for others.

The students are united as a cadet family. They work as teams and help each other succeed. Students who continue successfully through the high school program are awarded college scholarships when they graduate. The teamwork approach of the Police Academy program brings students from diverse ethnic and cultural groups together in an atmosphere of dynamic educational opportunity. The staff prides itself on an integrated and coordinated academic program.

The Police Academy Staff (teachers & L.A.P.D. Officers) focus on the development of specific policies and procedures that align to the thematic nature of law enforcement.  This gives students the opportunity to develop character, sharpen leadership skills, and improve communication skills that will carry them through their lives.

Curriculum is provided with thematic instruction in core classes and specially designed electives that foster an interest in law enforcement and related careers. Emphasis is on academics, physical fitness and training, leadership, forensic science and social justice.

Students are required to maintain wear uniforms daily to meet the standards of the Cadet Code. Students participate in inspections.

The Mulholland Middle School Police Academy Magnet educates the whole child; mind, body, and spirit, by recognizing, encouraging, and nurturing excellence in individual, group, and team accomplishments. We expect cadets to improve on their attendance, self-esteem, interpersonal skills, academic achievement, and life-long learning options, as they become members of the Police Academy family.

Police Academy Magnet Schools Program History

The Mulholland Middle School Junior Police Academy Magnet (M.J.P.A.) is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (L.A.U.S.D.) voluntary Court-ordered integration program, drawing students from all over Los Angeles.

Established in 2000 as a non-magnet program, Mulholland Middle School Police Academy achieved magnet status, in the 2009-2010 school year.  It is part of the Police Academy Magnet Schools (P.A.M.S.), started in 1996. Through a partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department (L.A.P.D.), the P.A.M.S. program provides students/cadets with a career ladder into L.A.P.D..  Cadets have the opportunity to matriculate to one of the four (4) high schools that are part of P.A.M.S. within L.A.U.S.D. (Monroe HS, Reseda HS, San Pedro HS, & Wilson HS), and then continue on, in college through the Police Orientation and Preparation Program (P.O.P.P.) a collaborative between L.A.U.S.D., L.A.P.D., and L.A.C.C. (Los Angeles Community College).