The goals of the citizen academy are:
-To provide stronger citizen/police relationships
-To enhance lines of communication
-The reduction of crime in our community
In cooperation with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, the University of Illinois Police Department, the Urbana Police Department, the Champaign Police Department, the Rantoul Police Department, the Mahomet Police Department, Parkland Public Safety, and District 10 of the Illinois State Police, the Police Training Institute is offering the Champaign County Citizen Police Academy.
The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is not only to help local residents better understand police work in their community, but to develop stronger ties between our community and police agencies in an effort to better address crime issues.
Community Based Policing is an important and vital aspect of crime control in any community. It is through community cooperation and planning that we can best ensure quality police services in an organized and effective crime prevention effort.
The Citizen Police Academy is yet another mechanism for local police departments to inform the public of what they do, improve communication, and obtain citizen input, assistance, and support throughout the county.
The Citizen Police Academy is held once a year and consists of three-hour blocks of instruction conducted weekly over a ten week period. Classes will be held at the Police Training Institute on Thursday evenings from 6:00PM until 9:00PM (unless otherwise instructed).
Each evening of instruction has been designed to not only inform participants of various crime problems, but also seek their ideas for possible solutions.
The instruction will be provided by Police Training Specialists from PTI as well as officers and trainers from participating agencies.
Graduates of the program will receive a certificate of completion.
Inquiries regarding the Champaign County Citizen Police Academy should be addressed to:
University of Illinois
Police Training Institute
1004 South Fourth Street
Champaign, IL 61820-6104