FBI & UWPD Announce New Law Enforcement Youth Academy Partnership

Media Contacts:

Leonard Peace
FBI Public Affairs Officer
(414) 489-3565

Marc Lovicott
UWPD Director of Communications
(608) 263-2333

The Milwaukee Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and UW-Madison Police Department (UWPD) are proud to announce a new partnership and a new home for the Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy (FLEYA). The FLEYA program is a multi-day law enforcement youth academy for selected high school students in Wisconsin interested in exploring careers in law enforcement. The program will take place August 3-7, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin.


FLEYA is a free, five-day, all-encompassing youth law enforcement program presented in partnership with the FBI, UWPD, and other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The program will be hosted on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and led by sworn law enforcement officers. FLEYA will include classroom sessions, practical exercises, light physical activity, and social events. The FLEYA program is supported by community partnerships through the FBI Milwaukee Citizens Academy Alumni Association.

The purpose of this joint effort is to provide an opportunity for high school students in Wisconsin to explore future opportunities and choices for careers in law enforcement. Selected youth will get an inside look at FBI while also being exposed to a variety of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and their practices. Located in Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus will serve as the center of activity and an academic environment that will foster learning and encourage students to pursue higher education and careers in law enforcement.

Students will participate in classroom activities and practical exercises. Some topics will cover investigative forensics, cybercrime, violent crime, gang awareness, counterintelligence, civil rights, and a wide range of state and federal violations. This unique educational experience will also include interactions with special agents, intelligence analysts, police officers, deputies, troopers, wardens, and local and federal prosecutors.

FLEYA Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must be a United States citizen and a resident of Wisconsin
  • Students must be currently enrolled in an accredited high school. If homeschooled, the student must be recognized by their school district
  • Students must be 15 to 18 years of age at the time of FLEYA
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Students understand they must be present each day of FLEYA

Student applications and instructions for FLEYA can be found by clicking here (scroll to the FLYEA section).

The application process us underway — applications will only be accepted through April 3, 2020. A total of 30 students will be selected from urban and suburban high schools throughout Wisconsin to ensure a diverse gender, racial, and cultural learning environment and life experience.
The instructions for applications are on the website and must be strictly adhered to with no exceptions.

No applications will be accepted after April 3, 2020, and the online application will be closed at that time.

For questions regarding the FLEYA program please contact FBI Public Affairs Officer, Leonard Peace via email: lcpeace@fbi.gov.