Youth Police Academy

What is the Youth Police Academy?

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The Champaign Police Department hosts an annual summer outreach program designed to provide youth in the Champaign County area, between 12-18 years of age, a clearer understanding of law enforcement practices.

What you can expect from being a part of the Youth Police Academy…

The Academy introduces participants to the field of law enforcement and provides an opportunity for youth and police officers to connect and build stronger, positive relationships.

Students will attend a mock police academy involving lectures, role-plays, topical demonstrations and team building exercises.

Champaign police officers will train students  in the following areas:

  • Basic Crime Scene Investigation
  • Advanced Crime Scene Investigation*
  • Evidence Collection**
  • Fingerprinting**
  • CSI Photography**
  • Traffic and Criminal Law*
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Specialized Units
  • Use of Force Principles
  • Building Searches*
  • Responding to Crimes in Progress*
  • Physical Agility Training
  • Police-Community Relations*
  • Restraint Techniques
  • Radio Communication
  • Criminal Investigation Procedures
  • Advanced Criminal Investigation*

* Advanced Course only
**CSI Class

The 2016 Youth Police Academy sessions will be held at the ILEAS Training Center located at 1701 E. Main Street in Urbana, Illinois.

Basic Class:  June 13 – June 16, 2016 from 1 PM – 4 PM  
Open to students who have completed 6th through 8th grade.

*Advanced Class:  June 27-30, 2016 from 9 AM – 3 PM 
*Open to current high school students who have previously completed the academy’s Basic course.  This session will expand upon areas previously covered in the Basic curriculum.

Crime Scene Investigation Class (CSI):  July 11 – 14, 2016 from 1 PM – 4 PM 

Click here for the: Youth Police Academy Brochure and Application – 2016

For more information, please contact:

Officer Jonathan Westfield, School Resource Officer


Officer Rob Wills, School Resource Officer