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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. 

What Will I Learn?

Citizens AcademyTopics covered during this course include: Gang Awareness, Narcotics Investigation, D.U.I. Investigation, Use of Force, and the Firearms Training Simulator. Along the way, participants will experience what it is like to gather evidence, interview suspects and witnesses, book a prisoner into jail, use a radar gun, and many other law enforcement tasks. Participants will learn what it takes to become a police officer, from the hiring process and the police academy, to using a firearms training simulator and executing high-risk vehicle stops. 

When Is the Next Citizen's Academy?

Fall 2019  - September 4 - October 30 - FULL

Spring 2020 - TBD

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?

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.