Citizen Police Academy to start new session

Jia You, Assistant City Editor

Evanston Police Department will begin its Spring 2013 session of the Citizen Police Academy on March 6, according to a news release.

Established in 1995, the 12-week program gives participants a working knowledge of the department. It has produced more than 800 graduates, according to the release.

The program consists of a series of weekly classes and discussions on Wednesday evenings, which cover different aspects of law enforcement. Students must complete a four-hour ride-along with a patrol unit and a three-hour observation in the city’s 911 center to graduate, along with other requirements.

Graduates will receive a diploma and an academy jacket, and EPD encourages them to actively participate in the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. The department also requires all its volunteers to complete the course.

EPD hosts two academy session every year and limits each class size to about 25 students. People who work or live in Evanston can attend the program for free. Interested persons can find the application on the city’s website.

— Jia You