ST. CHARLES – Residents can learn what it’s like to work in law enforcement through the St. Charles Police Department’s annual Citizen’s Police Academy.
The Citizen’s Police Academy aims to give participants a better understanding of how the St. Charles Police Department operates. Topics included criminal and narcotics investigations; arrest and courts procedures; traffic stops; the K-9 unit; the SWAT team; crime scene processing; domestic violence; and the firearms training simulator.
When possible, the curriculum uses classroom instruction and outside demonstrations, where students can perform the activity demonstrated. Such activities are processing a “crime scene” for fingerprints, getting a radar reading on a moving vehicle and shooting on the firearms training simulator machine.
The academy also is a sounding board on how the police department is meeting the needs of its citizens.
The class meets 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 5 to April 30. Most classes are held in the St. Charles Police Department training room, 211 N. Riverside Ave. A graduation is usually held the Tuesday following the last class.
Applications are available at the police department’s front lobby and at www.stcharlesil.gov under “Crime Prevention.” Completed applications can be returned or mailed to the police department in care of Officer Bill Tynan at 211 N. Riverside Ave., St. Charles, IL 60174. All applications are subject to approval.
The class is open free of charge to St. Charles residents, property and business owners and their employees as well as to approved St. Charles high school juniors and seniors.
Applications are due Feb. 26.
Contact Tynan at 630-443-3730 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.