Naperville Police Now Accepting Applications for Fall Citizen Police Academy

Sessions include interactive discussions and hands-on demonstrations of various areas of policework

The Naperville Police Department is now accepting applications for a 10-week Citizen Police Academy (CPA) to be held this fall. The academy will begin on Sept. 28, 2022 and continue every Wednesday night (excluding Nov. 23) until Dec. 7. Applications are due by Wednesday, Aug. 31, and will be considered in the order they are received.

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 24 participants. All classes are free and will be held at the Naperville Police Department from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

“CPA is an excellent opportunity for a behind-the-curtains peak at how the police department in Naperville does business,” said Police Chief Jason Arres. “The class allows students to see what the day-to-day looks like for our personnel, and it introduces them to the many different ways we are working to protect and serve our community. The common theme we all hear from graduates is how shocked they are by the number of different programs, initiatives and services we’re involved in that they didn’t know about. If you’ve ever wondered why we do something the way we do, use the equipment we do, or any other topic surrounding policing in Naperville, CPA is the place to learn more.”

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 prevent crime in the community 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 Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022 to Kris Stockwell by email at, at fax number (630) 305-5918, or through the mail or in person at the Naperville Police Department, 1350 Aurora Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540.

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