FBI Milwaukee
Public Affairs Officer Leonard Peace
(414) 489-3565
March 2, 2020

FBI and University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department Announce New Law Enforcement Youth Academy Partnership

The Milwaukee Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and UWMadison 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 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 and wardens as well as local and federal prosecutors.

FLEYA Eligibility Criteria

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

View and download student applications and instructions for FLEYA

The application process starts March 3, 2020, and will be accepted through the deadline date of 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 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 at lcpeace@fbi.gov.