HPD P.A.T.C.H. Summer Camp 2023

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Current Size: 80%

PATCH campThis free program hosted by the Harrisonburg Police Department provides young adults exposure to your local police department and the role it plays in the community. Its goal is to help foster and enhance Pride, Accountability, Teamwork, Courage, and Honor to youth interested in law enforcement by participating in a summer camp. This goal will be accomplished by educating the participants on the various duties in which officers specialize in a relaxed, but active and hands-on approach. The program is supervised by officers within the Harrisonburg Police Department and other volunteers. 

The P.A.T.C.H. Camp will begin with an orientation event on June 23rd from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The remainder of the camp will be Monday June 26th to Friday June 30th from 7:45am to 3:30pm. Lunch will be provided to each PATCH camper but transportation to and from the police department is the responsibility of the family.

If you are interested, please review the requirements below, complete the application via the form link below, or download, print, and return to the Harrisonburg Police Department lobby no later than June 9th, 2023.

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Download Application PDF [192KB]


Harrisonburg Police Department
Attn: Community Resource Unit - PATCH
101 N. Main St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Contact for questions:
Sergeant John Hancock – Community Resource Unit

Officer Rebecca Bechtel – Community Resource Unit

HPD P.A.T.C.H. Requirements:

  • City of Harrisonburg residents will be given priority. Applicants from other jurisdictions will be considered.
  • Applicants must be 13 to 16 years old.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a public or private school and maintain a “C” grade point average. Applicants need to provide their latest report card to verify.
  • Applicants must be of good ethical and moral character in school and in the community.
  • The Community Resource Unit will review all applications for acceptability in this selective screening process.