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
- 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.