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Naperville cops offer Citizen Police Academy

<p>Naperville Police Department &nbsp;| &nbsp;File photo.</p>

Naperville Police Department  |  File photo.

Naperville residents are invited to apply for enrollment in the Naperville Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy.

The academy, which is free of charge, will open on Feb. 26, with classes offered every Wednesday night until May 14, according to a police department release. Classes run from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. each night.

The academy provides “an opportunity for citizens to gain insight into the inner workings of police operations, practices and objectives,” the release stated. Participants “will learn how they can help keep the community crime-free, and become resources for improved community/police relations.”

“Academy graduates will take their knowledge back to their neighborhoods, where they can use it to enhance the safety and quality of life in Naperville.”

“Instruction consists of classroom lectures, interactive discussions and hands-on demonstrations. Course content and activities dictate that class size is limited to 25 participants,” with classes held at the police department.

Applicants must be 18 years old or older and live in or work in Naperville. All must undergo criminal background investigations.

Applicants must print and complete the Citizen Police Academy application and waiver found at the city of Naperville website, at www.naperville.il.us/citizenpoliceacademy.aspx.

Applications are due by Friday and should be returned to police officer Juan Rios, 1350 Aurora Ave. Rios can be reached at 630-305-5297; by fax at 630-305-7004; or via email, at riosj@naperville.il.us.

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