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On Wednesday November 20, the Evanston Police Department Citizen Police Academy graduated its 50 class.  The ceremony was held at Northwestern University’s Hardin Hall through a partnership with the university’s Community and Neighborhood Relations Department.

There ceremony was attended by friends and family of the graduates, along with several alumni from previous classes who reflected on their time in the Citizen Police Academy. Diann Sheridan, the former Deputy Bureau Chief of Criminal Investigations for the Cook County State’s Attorneys Office, served as the keynote speaker.

The Citizen Police Academy was started in 1995 and only met six times per session.  The program has evolved into a 13-week session offered twice a year. The program offers participants an opportunity to gain an inside look into our department while enhancing their knowledge base on a variety of topics.  The program is a hybrid of classroom style instruction, coupled with hands on activities such as role reversals, mock crime scene and use of force scenarios.  Participants have a chance to ride along-side an officer during their shift, as well as visit our 911 center.

We are both fortunate and proud to be able to offer such a robust program to our community, and to continue to maintain and grow positive relationships with citizens.  If you, or someone you know is interested in participating in the Citizen Police Academy, please visit our webpage for more information and to apply. The next session will start in late February 2020.