Citizen Police Academy

Youth Academy Registration Now Open!

The Naperville Police Department is now accepting applications for a six-week Youth Academy to be held this summer to give teens a working knowledge of the Naperville Police Department, as well as an opportunity to interact with police officers in a positive environment.

The academy will begin on May 30, 2024 and continue every Thursday night through July 11 (excluding July 4). The academy will consist 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. This academy is free and will be held at the Naperville Police Department from 6 to 8 p.m. 

To be eligible to apply, students must be currently in high school or entering high school in the fall of 2024; 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.

To apply, complete the following application and return the signed documents no later than May 22, 2024.


The Citizen Police Academy is a program designed to give participants a working knowledge of the Naperville Police Department. It consists of a series of classes, discussions and hands-on demonstrations that are held once a week from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks. Classes are limited to 24 students.

The classes provide an in-depth view into various areas of law enforcement. It is an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect law enforcement efforts in the City of Naperville.


The Citizen Police Academy is designed to help the residents of Naperville better understand how the police work in their community. It is hoped that all graduates of the Citizen Police Academy will get to know more about the men and women who are protecting their community and why they make the decisions they do while performing that duty. When residents take a more personal interest in their city, and the protection of their community and neighborhoods, they will enjoy a safer and closer relationship with their neighbors. The Citizen Police Academy will allow them to have a more interactive association with the police department.

Upcoming Academy

The Naperville Police Department is not currently running a Citizen Police Academy. Please check back later in 2024 for more information.

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.