Tulane University and the FBI New Orleans have joined forces to launch a community initiative called the Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy (FLEYA).
The program, which has been in development for three years, selected 30 outstanding students from across Louisiana to participate in an immersive, weeklong experience that began on June 26.
Special Agent in Charge of FBI New Orleans, Douglas A. Williams, explained the purpose of the program. “We are extremely proud to be working closely with the Tulane University Police Department, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District and other law enforcement partners to create a unique, real-world look at law enforcement and its challenges,” he said.
The FLEYA program serves as a tribute to late Tulane Police Sergeant Martinus “Mitch” Mitchum, who tragically lost his life while on an off-duty detail at a New Orleans high school in February 2021.
“This program is dedicated to the memory of Sergeant Martinus Mitchum, who devoted his life to education and public service. By providing Louisiana students with exposure to various branches of law enforcement and the Tulane campus, we aim to foster their passion for youth and service in alignment with Mitchum’s values,” program organizers explained in a statement.
In honor of Mitchum, his brother, Darnell, attended the academy’s opening day to welcome participants and share his thoughts with them.
Throughout the camp, participants resided on the Tulane University campus and engaged in a diverse range of activities led by members of the law enforcement community, including the FBI, Tulane University Police Department, New Orleans Police Department, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, United States Border Patrol, DEA and ATF, Louisiana State Police, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District.
The FLEYA program at Tulane University promises to offer an exceptional opportunity for young individuals to gain valuable insights into law enforcement while honoring the legacy of a remarkable public servant.