Citizen Police Academy virtual graduation Photo from Evanston Police Department

On Nov. 4, the Evanston Police Department Citizen Police Academy celebrated the graduation of its 52nd class. Unlike in previous years, the academy this year was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Since 1995, the Evanston Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy has offered participants an opportunity to gain an inside look into the department while learning about a variety of topics related to policing.  The program is a hybrid of classroom instruction, coupled with hands-on activities, such as role reversals, mock crime scene, and use of force scenarios.  Participants have a chance to ride alongside an officer during their shift, as well as visit the City’s 911 center.

The Citizen Police Academy program facilitators, Evanston Police Officers Enjoli Daley and Tosha Wilson, coordinated 10 weeks of virtual presentations covering a variety of topics including traffic investigations, domestic violence, and forensic evidence. CPA Class 52 ended with virtual graduation ceremony, attended by class participants, their friends and family, Chief Demitrous Cook, and City Manager Erika Storlie.

Those interested in participating in the Citizen Police Academy should  visit the webpage for more information and to apply. The program is free and open to those that live or work in Evanston.

The next session will start in early March of 2021, and will most likely be offered virtually depending on the status of state COVID-19 guidelines.