Next Citizens Police Academy starts Sept. 17 in Lake Forest

The Lake Forest Police Department will begin its next Citizens Police Academy on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The program is open to Lake Forest residents and anyone who works in Lake Forest.

The sessions will meet from 7 to 10 p.m. for 10 weeks on Wednesdays through Nov. 19 at the Lake Forest Police Department, 255 W. Deerpath.

The program is designed to promote and enhance citizen understanding and awareness of the role of the Lake Forest Police Department within the community. The objective is help citizens better understand law enforcement in general and the Lake Forest Police Department in particular. This program does not prepare graduates to become police officers.

More than 20 different topics will be covered, including hiring and training of officers, dispatching, patrol, DUI and traffic enforcement, administration of the department, investigations and youth and crime prevention.

Participants also will have the option of riding with an officer on patrol and firing department-issued handguns and rifles in the department’s indoor range.

Nearly 200 volunteers have completed the Lake Forest Citizens Police Academy since it was established in 1998.

Applications are available at the Lake Forest Police Department, 255 W. Deerpath, and online at www.cityoflakeforest.com/assets/1/7/CPA_Application1.pdf.

For more information, contact Detective Brett Marquette at MarquetB@cityoflakeforest.com or Commander Mike Lange at langem@cityoflakeforest.com.

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