Volunteers & Citizen Police Academy

Citizen Police Academy
Our Citizen Police Academy, established in 2003 is an 8 week program designed to give the participants a working knowledge of the Itasca Police Department and has produced over 120 graduates. It consists of a series of classes and discussions held once a week, on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Class size is limited to 20 students. There is no cost to anyone who resides or works in the Village of Itasca.

Class Topics
The classes provide an in-depth view into various areas of law enforcement. It is an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect law enforcement efforts in the Village of Itasca and how to develop partnerships with the police department. Topics covered during the academy include:
  • An overview of the police department
  • CERT
  • Crash reconstruction
  • Crime prevention
  • Crime scene processing
  • Criminal investigations
  • DARE
  • DUI enforcement
  • Live fire exercise
  • Rapid response training
  • Telecommunications
  • The booking process
  • Tours of the DuPage County Jail and Coroner’s Office
  • Use of force
Upon completion of the course, graduates receive a diploma, class photo, graduation dinner and gift.

Citizen Police Academy Goal
The goal of our Citizen Police Academy is to create a safer community through enhanced communication and partnerships between the citizens and the police through education. When residents take a more personal interest in their village and the protection of their community, they enjoy a safer and closer relationship with their neighbors.

Community oriented policing plays an important and vital role in reducing crime in the Village of Itasca. The Itasca Police Department instituted the Citizen Police Academy, to improve communication and problem solving and obtain input and support throughout the village. It is our hope that the graduates become partners with us in identifying issues that affecting our community. Graduates take their knowledge back into their neighborhoods where they can use it to enhance the quality of life in our village.

For additional information contact the Itasca Police Department at 630-773-1004 or via email.