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St. Charles police seeking applications for Citizens Police Academy

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Police Department is seeking applications for its annual Citizens Police Academy, and this year, participants will learn even more.

The academy – which will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 18 to May 15 – is a week longer this year because of feedback from past participants, Officer Bill Tynan said.

“We’ll try it this year and see how it goes,” he said.

The Citizens Police Academy aims to give the public a better understanding of how the St. Charles Police Department operates.

Participants will learn about such topics as criminal and narcotics investigations; arrest and search procedures; traffic stops; and the K-9 unit.

Hands-on activities include a night on evidence collection – participants should be able to dust for fingerprints, for example – and trying out a handheld speed gun, Tynan said.

Instructors include a judge, an assistant state’s attorney and police officers, he said.

“Typically, the officers that teach a class don’t get to meet with citizens face-to-face in an environment that isn’t surrounded by some sort of law enforcement activity,” Tynan said.

The academy is open and free to St. Charles residents, approved St. Charles high school juniors and seniors, and St. Charles business owners and their employees.

Classes will be from 7 to 9 p.m., and most will be in the police department training room.

A graduation ceremony, which includes congratulations from the police chief and mayor, is planned for the last class.

Applications are available in the St. Charles Police Department front lobby, 211 N. Riverside Ave., St. Charles, and at www.stcharlesil.gov under “Crime Prevention.” The deadline is March 4.

For information, contact Tynan at 630-443-3847 or btynan@stcharlesil.gov.

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