Citizen's Police Academy


The application deadline is Thursday December 21, 2023, 4:00pm.  

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About the Citizen's Police Academy

The Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) is part of the Woodridge Department’s Community Outreach Unit designed to reduce and prevent crime, improve communication, and build partnerships in the Woodridge 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. Classes meet every Wednesday at the Woodridge Police Department's Community Room (7215 Janes Avenue) from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for 8 weeks. The expected start date is Wednesday, February 7, 2024, and concludes on March 27, 2024.

The classes 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.

The graduation ceremony is during the eighth 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 applyThe application is available online in a PDF or you can pickup a hard copy at the Woodridge Police Department lobby (7215 Janes Avenue). All applications must be completed and turned in to the Woodridge Police Department Records Department at 7215 Janes Avenue during regular business hours (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F).  Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.  

The application deadline is Thursday December 21, 2023, 4:00pm.  

Anyone interested must complete the application and meet the following criteria:
1.    Be at least 16 years of age (Applicants under 18 must have a signed consent form to participate from their parent or legal guardian)
2.    Live, work, or be associated with the Village of Woodridge
3.    No felony arrests 
4.    Have no misdemeanor convictions
5.    A background investigation may be conducted
6.    The Woodridge Police Department reserves the right to exclude any applicant from consideration or participation