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Naperville Police Department Offers Citizen Police Academy Beginning October 2016

Applications will be accepted through September 9

The Naperville Police Department is now accepting applications for a nine-week Citizen Police Academy to be held this fall. The academy will begin on October 5, 2016 and continue every Wednesday night (excluding November 23) until December 7. Applications are due by September 9, 2016.

Instruction consists of classroom lectures, interactive discussions and hands-on demonstrations focusing on various aspects of police work, including forensics, investigations, patrol and special response, among others. Course content and activities dictate that class size is limited to 25 participants. All classes are free and will be held at the Naperville Police Department from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

“This academy is designed to help our residents understand what we do, how we work and why we make the decisions we do while protecting the community,” said Deputy Chief Brian Cunningham. “In addition to being educational, it’s also interactive and lots of fun. Historically, we’ve ended up with a waiting list of residents wanting to attend after hearing about it from past participants.”

Naperville’s Citizen Police Academy gives citizens insight into the inner workings of police operations, practices and objectives. Participants in the academy will learn how they can help keep the community crime-free and become resources for improved community/police relations. Academy graduates are encouraged to take their knowledge back to their neighborhoods where they can use it to enhance the safety and quality of life in Naperville.

Individuals who apply for the Citizen Police Academy must be 18 years of age and reside and/or work in the City of Naperville. All applicants will be subjected to a criminal background investigation.

Interested candidates should print and complete the Citizen Police Academy application and waiver found at and return the signed documents no later than Friday, September 9, 2016 to Deputy Chief Brian Cunningham by email at, at fax number (630) 305-7004, or through the mail or in person at the Naperville Police Department, 1350 Aurora Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540.

About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at