Citizen's Police Academy

Citizen's Police Academy in actionAbout the Academy

The Citizen's Police Academy is an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that face law enforcement efforts in Champaign County. Participating agencies include:
  • Champaign County Sheriff's Office
  • Champaign Police Department
  • Illinois State Police District 10
  • Mahomet Police Department
  • Police Training Institute
  • Rantoul Police Department
  • University of Illinois Police Department
  • Urbana Police Department


The goals of the Citizen's Police Academy are:
  • Provide stronger citizen / police relationships
  • Enhance lines of communication between the police and the community
  • Reduction of crime in our community


Citizen's Police Academy consists of 10, three-hour blocks of instruction over a 10 week period. Classes are held at the Police Training Institute on Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Instruction includes:
  • A patrol ride-along with your local department
  • A tour of the Champaign County Jail and METCAD
  • Bomb Disposal Unit, K-9, and SWAT demonstrations
  • Citizen / police contacts
  • Crime prevention and community-based policing
  • Domestic violence and police response
  • DUI enforcement
  • Firearms safety and the law
  • Gangs
  • Illegal drugs
  • Police officer use of force
  • Use of vehicle driver training simulators

Graduates will receive a certificate of completion. Graduates can become members of the Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association. If you would like more information on CPA, please visit this website.