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po box 750

cortaro az 85652-0750

American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy

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the Department of Arizona’s American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy - ALLECA, IS a partnered youth program between the Department of Arizona American Legion and the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZ DPS) that began back in 1981. ALLECA is one of only 21 such programs in the United States (Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin) that are geared toward those individual teenagers who have shown an interest in some phase of law enforcement or military and ours is unique because much of the program is focused on physical fitness. This is one of the many “AMERICANISM” programs that are sponsored by The American Legion and our program is seen as the national model for such  programs. The program consists of a eight-day encampment and will be held at the Emmanuel Pines Camp, Prescott AZ. The program is offered to youths  between the ages of 11 and 19. The cadets are fed three meals a day and are provided quarters and uniforms. You do not need to be a member of the American Legion to participate as a cadet.

This camp is not meant to correct disciplinary problems, but is one developed for YOUTHS interested in law enforcement or the military. Physical training is rigorous, so cadets attending the academy must be in good shape and able to run 1.5 miles, and complete push-ups and sit-ups upon entering the program. The cadets WILL experience many aspects of law enforcement including, but not limited to; first-aid, air rescue, introduction to police K-9, defensive tactics, SWAT, collision investigation, Citizenship and Americanism, building searches, active shooter, what not to do when driving, how to prevent bullying, etc. The encampment is under the direct leadership of the Department of Arizona American Legion and the Department of Public Safety with most of the  instruction being provided by certified Arizona or Federal law enforcement officers.


This program is an exciting and rewarding opportunity for our young people wishing to take a step in the right direction.. but like any great program, unfortunately there is a cost. The average cost for each cadet is approximately $650.00. Each cadet is provided 7 days of lodging with bedding included, 3 meals a day, uniforms and class supplies. Our program is widely supported by The American Legion, Department of Arizona members. The tuition fee helps to off set this cost while providing a great experience to all cadets. if the tuition fee is a hardship for an applicant, we will do our best to find a sponsor for that cadet. all tuition fees are non-refundable. 

American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy of Arizona is a registered Trademark@ ALLECA, a Domestic Nonprofit organization with the State of Arizona Corporation Commission, Entity ID #09370064. We are always looking for donations in order to keep sponsoring kids to attend the program and to maintain and upgrade equipment. If you would like to send a donation to the program, please send it to: ALLECA, P.O. Box 750, Cortaro, Arizona 85652-0750. If you are sending a check or money order, please make it payable to American Legion-ALLECA.


I encourage ALL American Legion POST’s, SAL Squadrons, Auxiliary Units and ALR Chapters

to reach out and  sponsor a cadet from your community, schools, JROTC programs,

youth programs, even your very own children or grandchildren. Like all of our

American Legion programs, this  program relies on your generous monetary donations

in order to operate.  Invite me to your meetings, I will schedule to attend and explain

our program to your membership.                   

Matt Griffis, ALLECA Director                                                                                                 

Email: allecadirector@gmail.com / 520-289-5113