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 #13

Apr 29, 2017, 17:13 PM

On May 26, 2016 Class #27 of the Gurnee Citizens Police Academy graduated during a short ceremony held at the Gurnee police station. It began with a welcome to all by Mayor Kovarik, Chief Woodside, and Deputy Chief Willie Meyer.

Each class member was awarded with congratulatory hardware in the form of a diploma, a custom-printed shirt, and other assorted “bling.”  Students had the opportunity to have their photos taken with Mayor Kovarik, Chief Woodside, and Deputy Chief Meyer.

Julie Poirier and Deb Dineen, 2 board members of the CPA Alumni Association, gave a brief presentation inviting the graduates to join.  The purpose of the Association is to provide continuing education to graduates as well as provide volunteer services to the police department when needed. Eleven members of the class expressed interest in joining the Association that evening!

I had the privilege of speaking to some of the graduates about what they enjoyed most about the CPA Class #27.  Vicky stated that she enjoyed seeing the Gurnee police service dogs in action, shooting weapons on the firing range, the ride along with an officer and the 911 center.  Vicky said that she enjoyed meeting all the new people she encountered during the program. 

Pat said that acting as an officer during the mock traffic stops was a “hoot!”

Valerie was a fan of the canine demonstration, and said that shooting a rifle was a first for her. Collecting evidence at a mock crime scene was also a new experience for her.

As a retired nurse, Corinne was especially interested in the drug presentation, as there are so many new types of drugs on the street today. 

Diane enjoyed learning about the process of becoming a Gurnee police officer, seeing some of their challenges and having the opportunity to act as an officer doing mock traffic stops.  She also enjoyed firing weapons on the range.

If you are interested in participating in a future Gurnee Citizen Police Academy class please contact Deputy Chief Campbell at (847) 599-7050. As some of the most recent graduates expressed, you will enjoy the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of your police department and her members who live the phrase “Honor – Integrity - Service” each and every day.

Deb Dineen – Current CPA AA Board Secretary

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