Citizen Police Academy

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2014 Class - March 18 to May 15. Applications accepted until March 4.

Ever wondered how the police handle hostage negotiations? Or, what is FATS training? Join the Citizen Police Academy to find out these things and more! The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is designed to give participants a better understanding of how the St. Charles Police Department operates.

Some of the areas covered:

Arrest and Court Procedures
Traffic Stops
K-9 Unit
Crime Scene Processing
Domestic Violence
Criminal and Narcotics Investigations
Firearms Training Simulator (F.A.T.S.)
Kane County court system
Tri-Com Central Dispatch
Hostage Negotiation

When possible, the curriculum makes use of both classroom instruction and outside demonstrations, where participants can have the opportunity to try the activity being demonstrated, such as processing a fingerprint, getting a radar reading or shooting on the F.A.T.S. machine. The CPA has an added benefit of being a sounding board on how the police department is really meeting the needs of the community.

The program is held once a year and meets two nights a week for 8 weeks. Classes are held in the Police Department Training Room, Door No. 4 on the east side of the building, at 211 N. Riverside Avenue, after which a graduation event is held for the participants. The 2014 class will run each Tuesday and Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m. from March 18 to May 15. Applications can be submitted until March 4.

Applications are available at the Police Department or may be downloaded as a PDF; see the link above for the Citizens Police Academy Application online.

Once the application has been completed, it can be dropped off or mailed to:
The St. Charles Police Department
Attn: Officer Bill Tynan
211 N. Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, Illinois 60174

The class is open, free of charge, to St. Charles residents, property and business owners and their employees, and approved St. Charles high school juniors and seniors. All applications are subject to approval.