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Learn the Ins and Outs of Elmhurst Police Work by Attending the Citizen Police Academy

Participants will learn what is involved with emergency response, DUI arrests, crime scene analysis, arrest laws, interrogations and much more—and it's free.

Elmhurst citizens who would like to gain a deeper knowledge about what Elmhurst police officers do on a day-to-day basis are encouraged to attend the spring session of the Citizen Police Academy, scheduled to begin in March.

The academy is free of charge and gives citizens a working knowledge of law enforcement and the Elmhurst Police Department.

Each weekly session will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning March 13 and ending June 5 with a graduation banquet. Each week, participants will get an in-depth view of how a particular division of the department functions, and some of the topics will allow hands-on participation. While the class schedule is subject to change depending on instructor availability, following is a list of academy topics:

  • overview of the Elmhurst Police Department
  • traffic stops
  • investigations
  • evidence and crime scene analysis
  • laws of arrest, search and seizure
  • C.O.P.P./Narcotics and gang awareness/K-9
  • DUI/traffic laws and roadblocks/traffic program
  • DARE program/ financial crimes
  • interviewing and interrogations
  • defensive tactics
  • Emergency Response Team/crisis negotiations
  • Firearms training

The academy will conclude with a graduation banquet on June 5. Classes are held at the Elmhurst Police Department, 125 E. First St. Participants can sign up online, stop by the police station to pick up an application or call Cmdr. Robert Nicholas at (630) 530-3050. The academy is limited to 25 participants.

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Lived in 5 other metro areas... January 31, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Is there an age limit? I have a 15 yr old interested in becoming a police officer...
Karen Chadra (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Applicants must be over 21 for the citizen police academy. But, there is the Elmhurst Explorers program, for kids ages 14-22. Here's a story we did on that back in 2011: http://elmhurst.patch.com/articles/elmhurst-explorers-grooms-strong-leaders-future-police-officers And, here is the Explorers' website: http://www.elmhurstpoliceexplorers.com/ Looks like they are still meeting regularly. New members are welcome at every meeting: http://www.elmhurstpoliceexplorers.com/newmember.htm
David C. Couper February 01, 2013 at 10:38 PM
I hope your police department will not do what other departments around the nation have tended to do; that is, to present police work as an exercise of "cops and robbers" and not as the highly-relational job which it is. Police work demands the highest level of intelligence and interpersonal skills. Good luck in this effort if that is the case. In a "citizen academy" police work should be presented as being performed by well-trained, controlled, honest, and courteous men and women. For more, follow my blog at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com where I discuss these and other current police improvement issues.

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