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 #4

Apr 29, 2017, 17:03 PM
On 03/24/16 Officer Darren Baker presented a compelling program about use of force. He asked us "What's really important? Your wallet, your purse, your car? What would you be willing to die for?" The point; during a robbery, just give the perpetrators what they want.

Then he asked us "Is there defense without damage?" Force has to be necessary. An officer oftentimes has only a split second to determine what is “reasonable force.”

We were asked to make a list of the traits we felt a street fighter would have. Out of that list, how many of those traits do each of us have? We learned that in order to be effective in a fight we need to possess a skill set. Most important, we need to have a plan!

How to lose a fight: Expect attacker to be lenient on us; we under-respond or fail to get angry and fight back. In order to win, one needs to get angry, create pain, create fear, create lack of oxygen, create lack of sight, or have the use of weapons.
The officers spent some time explaining the importance of having an awareness of our surroundings at all times. Being mentally prepared is a big part of surviving an unpleasant encounter.

The remainder of the class was a hands on activity to show us how to defend ourselves from attackers. Officer Dion Synder was the "victim" in most scenarios, but a few courageous volunteers participated as victims as well. Thanks to Officer Synder for taking one (or several) for the team!

We were shown how to get out of various types of holds, as well as how to inflict pain on certain pressure points in order to escape an attack.

Week #5 (03/31/16) will focus on crime scene and evidence processing.

Sharon Ward and Joyce King CPA Alumni Association members

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