Gurnee Citizen Police Academy

Now accepting applications for the Fall 2024 session!

This is your opportunity to Go Behind the Badge. The Gurnee Citizen Police Academy is an engaging and enlightening program that offers an exclusive glimpse into the world of law enforcement. Designed for community members like you, our academy is a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to protect and serve our neighborhoods.  

Ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes in a police department? Our academy provides an insider's perspective on the day-to-day operations of law enforcement. From investigations and crime scene analysis to community outreach initiatives, we'll cover it all!

Get up close and personal with the Gurnee Officers who keep our streets safe. Meet experienced officers, detectives, and specialists who will share their experiences, challenges, and triumphs in their line of duty.

Whether you're a concerned citizen, a local business owner, or a community leader, the insights gained from our academy will empower you with valuable knowledge about crime prevention, safety tips, and emergency preparedness. Forget boring lectures! Our sessions are interactive and hands-on. You'll have the opportunity to participate in scenario-based exercises, use police equipment, and witness demonstrations that highlight the various aspects of law enforcement work.

As a graduate of our 10-week academy, you will receive a certificate of completion, acknowledging your commitment to understanding law enforcement and contributing to a safer community.

Ready to embark on this eye-opening journey? Enroll in the Gurnee Citizen Police Academy today and become an informed ally in the fight for a safer tomorrow.

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

Classes are held each Thursday evening, September 12 - November 21, from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm.  For more information please contact the Crime Prevention Detective, Shawn Gaylor at (847) 599-7124 or via email.

Click here to register for the Gurnee Citizen Police Academy

Youth Citizen Police Academy

The Gurnee Youth Citizen Police Academy typically runs in the summer.  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 Crime Prevention Detective, Shawn Gaylor at 847-599-7124 or by 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. 

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