Learn What It Takes to be a Cop at the Citizens Police Academy

Published September 6, 2019

Chicago Police Department logoNinth District Community Policing Officer Jason Sollis wants McKinley Park neighborhood residents to get to know the Chicago Police Department through its Citizens Police Academy, he said. Now accepting applications for the free 10-week course, the academy is designed to educate, build community trust and improve engagement with police.

"Everyone who has been to the Citizens Police Academy said that it was extremely informative and enjoyable," he said. The program, which runs for three hours on Tuesday nights, offers a condensed version of the instruction that police recruits receive at the academy.

The training will take place at the Chicago Police Department Education and Training Division at 1300 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 17, and run through Tuesday, November 19. They are held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Applicants must fill out an application form (linked below) and provide a copy of their Illinois drivers license or state ID. Anyone who is interested should act quickly, Sollis said, since the applications are due by Monday afternoon, September 9.

Applicants can email Sollis at Jason.Sollis@chicagopolice.org or call the Ninth District office at (312) 747-8227.

Click here to download a PDF file comprising the application for the Citizens Police Academy:
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