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At 7 p.m. on May 20, the Evanston Police Department will be gathering at Northwestern University – Hardin Hall, located at 633 Clark St. Evanston, Illinois. This event will be celebrating and honoring all graduating members of the Evanston Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy – Class # 31. State Representative Robyn Gabel will be delivering the keynote address.

Established in 1995, the Evanston Citizens Police Academy (CPA) embraces the adult learning experience and boasts over 600 graduates. Twice a year the Evanston Police Department administers two twelve-week sessions. CPA students receive instruction in the criminal justice system, use of force, traffic law, juvenile investigations, gang and drug enforcement efforts, problem oriented policing, evidence collection and a host of other police related topics. In addition to the classroom instruction, each CPA student must also complete a three hour ride-along with an Evanston police officer in the field.

Once graduating, many CPA graduates become active members of the CPA Alumni Association. This group of committed citizens has conceptualized and brought to fruition such volunteer efforts as remodeling the police department’s break room and completely redesigning the police department’s exterior landscape – all at no cost to taxpayers.