Citizen Police Academy: Sign Up Now for the Spring 2015 Session!

Sign Up Now for the Spring 2015 Session of Citizen Police Academy!

The Gurnee Police Department is currently seeking participants for the upcoming Spring Citizen Police Academy class beginning on February 26, 2015 and ending on May 21, 2015. 

The Gurnee Citizen Police Academy is a 36-hour block of instruction designed to give the public a working knowledge of the practices, policies, and procedures governing the police department. The instruction consists of twelve 3-hour blocks conducted on a weekly basis. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and of good moral character with no felony convictions.

Classes will run Thursdays from February 26th - May 21st from 7pm - 10pm. Anyone interested in attending the 12 week free course can obtain an application by contacting Deputy Chief Terri Kincaid at (847) 599-7050 (terrik@police.gurnee.il.us).

 

CPA Overview


The Citizen Police Academy is a 36-hour block of instruction designed to give the public a working knowledge of the practices, policies, and procedures governing the Gurnee Police Department. The instruction consists of twelve 3-hour blocks conducted on a weekly basis. The comprehensive instruction covers different areas routinely addressed by local law enforcement.The sessions have been designed to incorporate an interactive format, providing the participants with a "hands on" experience whenever practical. Instructors are certified police officers, supervisors and other personnel with expertise in various areas.









CPA students learn first-hand
about evidence collection at a
mock crime scene.

What is the Purpose?

The Citizen Police Academy was created in order to provide participants with enough information so that they are capable of making an informed judgment about their police department and police activity. It is hoped that the instruction will increase understanding of police practices and procedure and dispel suspicions and misconceptions while also strengthening police -community rapport through an educational process. The police department, in turn, becomes more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community it serves, making it a two way learning process.

What Topics are Covered?

Participants are given a realistic view of the police department. A wide variety of topics are discussed, including patrol procedures, criminal and juvenile law, the judicial system, criminal and narcotics investigation, to name a few. For a breakdown of class topics by week, view the class description.

While some of the coursework includes classroom instruction, hands-on experience is emphasized whenever possible. Activities include using the Firearms Training Simulator, visits to the Department's firing range, hands-on evidence processing instruction, and more.

Who Can Attend?

Participants must be at least 18 years of age. They must be of good moral character with no felony convictions. Applications may be obtained from the Gurnee Police Department by calling Deputy Chief Terri Kincaid at (847) 599-7050 or Tom Agos at (847) 599-7080.

 




 

 

 

A CPA student conducts a simulated traffic stop.