The Evanston Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy is currently accepting applications for its fall 2016 session, which begins Wednesday, August 31.

The free 12-week program gives participants the opportunity to learn about the world of law enforcement while developing a partnership with the police department. The program’s interactive curriculum includes:

  • Tour of police headquarters;
  • CSI practices;
  • Mock trial;
  • Exercises in self-defense;
  • Explanation of use-of-force decision making;
  • And much more.

The program is open to anyone who is at least 18 years of age and lives or works in Evanston. Classes and discussions take place on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and are limited to 30 students. The program ends with a graduation ceremony and reception.

The deadline to register is Monday, August 22. Spaces are known to fill up quickly. To register online, visit

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.