Gurnee Citizen Police Academy - Class Schedule/Student Notes


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.

Citizen Police Academy classes typically follow the schedule listed below. One session is held each fall and spring. Click the notebook icon to read a student's narrative of each week's class.

If you are interested in enrolling in the next session of the Citizen Police Academy, please contact Deputy Chief Terri Kincaid at (847) 599-7050, or send her an e-mail at







Class Schedule



(Click the notebook to read a student's description of each week's class.)

Week 1

  • Introduction/Welcome
  • Hiring Process/Field Training Program
  • Tour of Police Facility




Week 2

  • 911 Communications Center
  • Emergency Medical Dispatching




Week 3

  • Patrol Function
  • DUI/Sobriety Testing/Fatal Vision
  • Mock Traffic Stops




Week 4

  • Crime Scene/Evidence Procedures
  • Mock Crime Scene
  • Police Crime Lab




Week 5

  • Records Department & Functions
  • K-9 Duties and Demo




Week 6

  • Arrest Procedures - Use of Force
  • Booking Process (CIMIS/Livescan)
  • FAT'S (Firearms Training Simulator)




Week 7

  • Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Investigations Division
  • Gang Enforcement & Education




Week 8

  • Internal Investigations
  • Special Investigations Units (M.E.G., N.I.P.A.S., EST, Mobile Field Force, & Major Crimes Task Force
  • NIPAS & Mobile Field Force Officers




Week 9

  • Criminal Justice System
  • High School Liaison Officer
  • Teen Court
  • Traffic Safety & Law




Week 10

  • Local Ordinances & Prosecution
  • Community Service Officer
  • D.A.R.E.




Week 11

  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • Crime Prevention




Week 12

  • Graduation
  • Awarding of Certificates