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Citizen Police Academy
Academy Information
The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is part of the Woodridge Department’s Community Oriented Policing initiative, designed to reduce and prevent crime, improve communication, and maintain  partnerships within our community. CPA participants gain a working knowledge of practices, policies, and procedures of the Woodridge Police Department. There is NO COST to anyone who participates in the academy.

The 10 week program consists of weekly two hour sessions, including a graduation ceremony.  Sessions are designed to incorporate lecture and scenario-based formats.  Instructors are certified police officers, supervisors, and other department personnel with expertise in various areas.  Areas of instruction include Support Services and Community Programs, Illinois Vehicle Code, DUI, criminal law, case law, evidence collection, SWAT, defensive tactics, and traffic stops.

Classes meet every Wednesday at the Woodridge Police Department from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for ten weeks. The graduation ceremony is during the tenth week, which will include a dinner and graduation certificate.  Class size is restricted to 20 participants, and will be on a first come first served basis (pending background check).

How to Apply
Applications will be available in early November 2017 with an expected program start date of January, 2018.

Anyone interested must complete the attached application and meet the following criteria:
1.    Must be at least 21 years of age
2.    Must live, work, or be associated with the Village of Woodridge
3.    Have no felony arrests
4.    Have no misdemeanor convictions
5.    A background investigation and criminal history check will be conducted
6.    The Woodridge Police Department reserves the right to exclude any applicant from consideration or participation.