St. Charles police offering a look inside law and order
Anyone who's ever thought about being a police officer can live the experience for two months by joining the Citizens Police Academy being offered by the St. Charles Police Department, the City of St. Charles announced recently.
The academy, which runs from March 23 through May 25, is free and offers the opportunity to engage with police officers and learn about their day-to-day life keeping St. Charles safe: from investigations and arrests to working with a K-9 unit and a SWAT team. Classroom activities and hands-on demonstrations are also included.
Police officers will also ask participants to voice their concerns and suggestions on how the department can better serve the community.
Participants who finish can participate in a graduation ceremony attended by the chief of police and the St. Charles mayor.
Classes will meet for two to three hours on Thursday nights at the St. Charles Police Department training room, 211 North Riverside Ave.
Interested residents can pick up an application in the front lobby of the police department. The program is open to all residents who successfully pass a background check. High school juniors and seniors are welcome to attend with special approval. All applications must be returned to the attention of Officer Jim Burden by March 9.