Youth Citizen Police Academy

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CPA_youth logo-thumb-200x197-30281The Evanston Police Department is now accepting applications our Annual Youth Citizen Police Academy, July 22nd- 26th 2019. The FREE week-long program gives Evanston residents between the ages of 14-17 years the opportunity to learn about the issues affecting law enforcement efforts in the City of Evanston and how to develop a partnership with the police department.

Classes and discussions will take place Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and are limited to 20 students. The interactive curriculum includes a tour of police headquarters, CSI practices, an overview of traffic enforcement, class experiments and exercises in self-defense. The week is culminated with a small ceremony open to participants and their families. 

The police department is selective in choosing participants due to the need for positive interaction with instructors and other students attending the Academy. However, it should be noted that the Academy is not a boot camp or a program for rebellious teens or youth who have behavioral issues.

Registration is NOW OPEN!

Apply online


Download the printable application YOUTH CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY APPLICATION.pdf and drop it off at the Evanston Police Station, 1454 Elmwood Ave., or email it to upon completion. PARENTAL/GUARDIAN PERMISSION IS MANDATORY! Parents must attend first day for a brief program overview.

For more information, please contact Academy Coordinator:

Officer Tanya Jenkins 847-859-7841

Curriculum Summary For Academy Participants

  • Police Station Tour
  • Alcohol and DUI Experiment / Traffic Enforcement
  • Patrol Operations
  • Crime Scene Investigations (CSI)/ Evidence Technicians
  • Restorative Justice
  • Police Survival Skills / Self-Defense
  • Police Encounters


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