Citizen Police Academy (April 10-June 12, 2014)

The goal of the Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is to help local residents gain a better understanding of law enforcement activities in their community and to partner with local police departments in addressing neighborhood crime issues.

The CPA is a mechanism for local police departments to inform the public of how they function within the community, improve communication and obtain citizen input, assistance and support.

The instruction provided at the CPA will include topics that are relevant to Champaign County, such as:  crime prevention and community based policing, drugs, gangs, school safety, DUI enforcement, citizen police contacts, use of force, firearms orientation and the law, crime scene investigation, a tour of the Champaign County Jail and a patrol ride-along with your local department.

The CPA consists of blocks of instruction conducted over a 10-week period. Classes will be held at the Police Training Institute on the University of Illinois campus and various local sites.

The class meets, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm each Thursday evening, from April 10 – June 12, 2014.

The academy is excellent for neighborhood watch block captains, persons considering a career in law enforcement or anyone seeking more knowledge about police operations and training.  Graduates of the program will receive a certificate of completion.

If you are interested in attending the academy, please contact your local police department for an application.  City of Champaign residents may contact:  Mary Mullen at  (217) 403-6911.

For more information on CPA, please visit:

http://www.pti.illinois.edu/citizenpoliceacademy/citizenpoliceacademy.html