Police Training Institute | University of Illinois

Citizen Police Academy

Basic Information


Dates: To Be Announced

Location: Police Training Institute, 1004 S. Fourth Street, Champaign

The Citizen Police Academy is an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that face law enforcement efforts in Champaign County.

The goals of the citizen academy are:

  • To provide stronger citizen/police relationships
  • To enhance lines of communication
  • The reduction of crime in our community

In cooperation with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, the University of Illinois Police Department, the Urbana Police Department, the Champaign Police Department, the Rantoul Police Department, the Mahomet Police Department, Parkland Public Safety, and District 10 of the Illinois State Police, the Police Training Institute is offering the Champaign County Citizen Police Academy.

The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is not only to help local residents better understand police work in their community, but to develop stronger ties between our community and police agencies in an effort to better address crime issues.

Community Based Policing is an important and vital aspect of crime control in any community. It is through community cooperation and planning that we can best ensure quality police services in an organized and effective crime prevention effort.

The Citizen Police Academy is yet another mechanism for local police departments to inform the public of what they do, improve communication, and obtain citizen input, assistance, and support throughout the county.

The Citizen Police Academy is held once a year and consists of three-hour blocks of instruction conducted weekly over a ten week period. Classes will be held at the Police Training Institute on Thursday evenings from 6:00PM until 9:00PM (unless otherwise instructed).

Each evening of instruction has been designed to not only inform participants of various crime problems, but also seek their ideas for possible solutions.

The instruction will be provided by Police Training Specialists from PTI as well as officers and trainers from participating agencies.

Graduates of the program will receive a certificate of completion.

Inquiries regarding the Champaign County Citizen Police Academy should be addressed to:

University of Illinois
Police Training Institute
1004 South Fourth Street
Champaign, IL 61820-6104

Phone: 333-2337

Topics of Instruction:

Orientation to Law Enforcement and Police Training

Crime Scene Investigation



Judicial System

K-9, SWAT, and Bomb Squad Demos

Drug Enforcement

Courts and DUI        

Police and DUI

Tour of the Champaign County Jail and METCAD

Safety and Neighborhood Crime Watch

Control & Arrest Tactics 

Use of Force


Traffic Stops

Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Ride-along with Local Police Department

Crime Stoppers


Community Policing





Benefits of the Citizen Police Academy to Champaign County Residents:

  • Citizens and police officers have an opportunity to work closely together.
    Lines of communication between community residents and their police are enhanced.
  • Citizens gain the ability to make informed decisions regarding controversial issues faced by their communities.
  • Citizen involvement with their local community and police departments is enhanced.
  • Citizens gain a better understanding of how their police departments work and develop ways in which the community can better reduce crime.
  • Citizens become aware of the problems facing their police departments.

The academy will be held at the Police Training Institute, 1004 South Fourth Street, Champaign, unless otherwise noted.