Registration Open for Naperville Police Department’s Youth Academy

Students will get an in-depth look at law enforcement in this free six-week summer course

The Naperville Police Department is now accepting applications for a six-week Youth Academy to be held this summer. The academy will begin on June 15, 2023 and continue every Thursday night through July 20. All classes are free and will be held at the Naperville Police Department from 6 to 8 p.m. Applications are due by May 31, 2023.

The Naperville Police Department Youth Academy gives teens a working knowledge of the Naperville Police Department, as well as an opportunity to interact with police officers in a positive environment. It consists of a series of classes, discussions and hands-on demonstrations covering a variety of topics, including police patrol operations, police canines, police investigations, special response team, forensics and more.

Space is limited and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • be currently in high school or entering high school in the fall of 2023;
  • reside in Naperville or attend high school in Naperville;
  • have parental permission and transportation to and from the police department; and
  • be a student in good standing with no criminal contacts.

Interested candidates should print and complete the Youth Academy application and waiver found at and return the signed documents no later than Wednesday, May 31, 2023 to Sergeant Jon Pope by email at or through the mail or in person at the Naperville Police Department, 1350 Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL 60540.

About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 150,000 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