ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Police Department once again is hosting its annual Citizens Police Academy, which will run from March 12 through May 28.
The class is free of charge and open to St. Charles residents, property and business owners and their employees as well as approved St. Charles high school juniors and seniors. Registration deadline is March 9.
The Citizens Police Academy is meant to give residents and business owners a better understanding of how the St. Charles Police Department operates. Participants will get to meet officers face-to-face and discover what daily life is like for them.
Some of the areas covered are criminal and narcotics investigations, arrest and search procedures, courts, traffic stops, the SWAT team and crime scene processing. When possible, the curriculum makes use of both classroom instruction and outside demonstrations.
Participants may get an opportunity to do the activity being demonstrated, such as deploying a taser or pepperball launcher. The academy also is meant to act as a sounding board on how the police department is meeting the needs of St. Charles residents.
The class meets Thursdays, starting at 6:30 pm., and runs for two to three hours. Most of the classes will be held in the St. Charles Police Department Community Room at the new police station – 1515 W. Main Street.
The last class is a graduation ceremony which will include congratulations from the chief of police and the mayor. Applications can be picked up at the front lobby of the police station or downloaded from the city web site at stcharlesil.gov/documents/citizen-police-academy-application.
Once the application has been completed, it can be dropped off or mailed to the St. Charles Police Department in care of Officer Jim Burden, 1515 W. Main St., St. Charles, Illinois 60174, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications are subject to approval and include a background check.
More information is available by contacting Burden at 630-443-3835 by sending an email to email@example.com.