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Citizen's Police Academy

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The purpose of the academy is to promote the Community Oriented Policing philosophy through the exchange of information between citizens and law enforcement.

Who Is The Citizen's Academy For?

The Peoria Police Department’s Citizen's Academy is designed for those who live or work in Peoria, are 18 years of age and older, and who are interested in learning about the department and the work of officers in our city . The academy provides an opportunity for the general public to see inside the everyday responsibilities of our fine men and women in uniform. Whether you are interested in law enforcement as a career, want to learn more about your local police department, or just want the experience of a lifetime, the PPD ‘s Citizens academy is for you!

What Is The Citizen's Academy?

The Peoria Police Department’s Citizen's Academy is a nine-week course allowing citizens to observe and learn how police officers and the department operate. Instruction is comprehensive, and there is hands-on interaction between participants and officers. The academy experience promises to give participants an exciting behind the scenes look at the field of law enforcement. 

Topics Covered:

Animal Control, Victim's Assistance, Use of Force, Firearms Safety, Defensive Tactics, Active Threat Response, Traffic Investigations, 911 Dispatch/Communications, Eyes & Ears Program, School & Youth Programs, DUI, Street Crimes, Gangs, Drugs, K9 Unit, SWAT, Crisis Negotiation, Criminal Investigations and an optional Firearms Range Day. (Topics subject to change)

Citizens Academy

When Is the Next Citizen's Academy?

February 5 - April 8, 2020 (No Class March 18) - SESSION IS FULL

Classes run every Wednesday evening from 6 p.m - 9 p.m. and most classes are held at the Peoria Police Department Headquarters.

Where Do I Sign Up?

The current session is now full. Please check back in the fall.

Please follow our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for upcoming class announcements.

There are limited seats available, you will be notified if your application is accepted.

If you have any questions about the academy, please contact Community Services at 623.773.7099.