The next session of the Gurnee Citizen Police Academy has been delayed due to COVID-19 precautions.  For updates on the next session, please continue to check this website or follow us on Facebook for announcements.

Gurnee Citizen Police Academy

The Gurnee Citizen Police Academy is a 33-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 eleven 3-hour blocks conducted on a weekly basis. The week 13 session boasts a brief graduate ceremony.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and of good moral character with no felony convictions.

Classes are held each Thursday evening from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm.  For more information please contact Education Specialist Tami Martin at (847) 599-7181 or via email.

Class Summary:

Class #27 (March 2016) students wrote a summary of each class. Their writings are below:

Week #10

Apr 29, 2017, 17:09 PM

This week (May 5th, 2016) the Citizens Police Academy class learned all about the myriad of duties performed by community service officers (CSO’s)… and then the class went to the dogs.

Kathy Reichers-Ronzani provided an entertaining presentation. These unarmed civilian (non-sworn) officers deal with both domestic and wild animals, enforce leash laws, make sure you pick up after your dogs, and generally remind pet owners of their responsibilities as required by village ordinance. They provide enormous support for the law enforcement mission in the village.

CSO’s will set different kinds of traps to deal with wild creatures. Bear in mind we are talking chipmunks, rabbits, and the occasional opossum. Skunks? Not so much.

If you have a fender bender on private property the CSO will likely take care of your accident report. They do not issue traffic citations or respond to “in-progress” emergency calls.

Locked out of your car accidentally? It's a good bet they will be able to rectify that for you. Annually they get a whopping 2,000 drivers back into their vehicles.

CSO’s provide traffic control for traffic crashes and special events. They’re primarily responsible for the enforcement of village parking ordinances such as fire lanes and improper use of handicapped-designated spaces.

Around police headquarters they handle the mail, raise and lower flags, and assist in dealing with prisoners. They can also show you the proper way to install a child safety seat. To say they are highly-valued members of the department would be a gross understatement.

The second half of the class was devoted a demonstration by the Gurnee K-9 officers (hence the ‘went to the dogs’ comment above).

Officers Phil Mazur and Daniel Ruth and their dogs Hunter and Bear provided an interesting insight into this component of the department. Both are German Shepherds with blood lines going back to Germany. Each are approximately 3 years old.

The handlers and their dogs go through ongoing intensive training covering obedience, dealing with physical obstacles, handler protection, tracking possible suspects, cadavers, and searching out narcotics. The dogs are extremely effective for crowd control and the apprehension of suspects when needed.

The handlers gave us an actual demonstration and we saw for ourselves how effective the dogs are at sniffing out narcotics and subduing suspects. They are both amazing animals and an enormous asset to law enforcement in Gurnee and throughout our region.

Week #11 (05/12/16) will focus on the school resource officer and teen court programs, along with a block on gang enforcement.

Gordon Hannan-Vice President Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association

Youth Citizen Police Academy

The next session of the Gurnee Youth Citizen Police Academy has been canceled due to COVID-19 precautions.  For updates on next summer's session, please continue to check this website or follow us on Facebook for announcements.

Applications are available at the Gurnee Police Department and Warren Township High School Student Services.

For questions and to submit an application please contact Public Education Specialist Tami Martin at 847-599-7181 or email

Youth police academy participants will experience virtually every aspect of policing including patrol, investigations, traffic enforcement, canine unit, firearms, defensive tactics, and more. The academy is FREE and lunch is provided each day. 

Applicants must: 

• be able to successfully pass a background examination 
• be a high school student in good standing 
• be of good moral character 
• have reliable transportation