Applications are being accepted through March 30 for the Elgin Police Department’s spring 2011 Citizens Police Academy.
“CPA works to educate citizens about the police department,” said Elgin’s crime prevention specialist Christy Schmidt. “Citizens who participate in the program tell us they develop a true appreciation of police work.”
Classes consist of informative presentations and hands on experiences and will be held in the training room at the Elgin Police Department, 151 Douglas St., every Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. April 6-June 8. There is no cost.
In addition to an overview and tour of the police department, the nine-week session will cover topics including: arrest, search & seizure, traffic laws/DUI, Tactical Response Team, K-9, gang and drug investigations, emergency communications, how to process a crime scene. Citizens will also participate in shooting on the department’s range.
Applications are available from the Community Relations/Crime Prevention Division at the Elgin Police Department or online at www.cityofelgin.org. Click Living in Elgin, Public Safety, Police, then Community Relations/Crime Prevention.
Participants must be 18 years old. Elgin residents or those who work in Elgin get first priority. A criminal background check will be conducted on each applicant. Those who complete the CPA program will be eligible to join the Elgin Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.
For more information contact Schmidt at 847/289-2588.