Citizen Police Academy

2017 Class dates are to be determined - check back early in 2017 for the final dates!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a part of the law enforcement profession? The St. Charles Police Department offers an annual Citizens Police Academy every spring.

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 in the CPA include:

  • Criminal and narcotics investigations
  • Arrest and search procedures
  • Courts
  • Traffic stops
  • The K-9 unit
  • Taser
  • SWAT team
  • Crime scene processing
  • And many others.

When possible, the curriculum makes use of both classroom instruction and outside demonstrations. Students may get an opportunity to do the activity being demonstrated, such as processing a “crime scene” for fingerprints or getting a radar reading on a moving vehicle. The CPA has an added benefit of being a sounding board on how the police department is meeting the needs of its citizens.

The class meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for nine weeks. Most of the classes are held in the St. Charles Police Department training room at 211 N. Riverside Ave. The last class is a graduation ceremony which will include congratulations from the chief of police and the mayor. 

Once the dates have been set, applications can be picked up at the front lobby of the Police Department, 211 N. Riverside Ave., or downloaded from the city web site at Once the application has been completed, it can be dropped off, mailed or e-mailed to the St. Charles Police Department in care of Officer Bill Tynan at: 211 N. Riverside Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174, or All applications are subject to approval, and include a background check.

The class is open and free of charge only to residents residing within the corporate city limits of St. Charles, property and business owners and their employees, and approved St. Charles high school juniors and seniors.  For more information, please contact Officer Tynan at 630-443-3847, or



updated June 10, 2016