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Peoria Police Department offers Citizen’s Police Academy


PEORIA – Get a behind-the-scenes look at the work of the Peoria Police Department through the Citizen’s Police Academy, starting Wednesday, Jan. 10. The program will run through March 28.

The Citizen’s Police Academy provides participants an exciting “hands-on” behind the scenes look at the field of law enforcement. Hosted in the Peoria Public Safety Administration Building at 8351 W. Cinnabar in downtown Peoria, this program is a twelve-week course that meets every Wednesday night from 6-9 p.m.

Peoria Police said in a news release that the purpose of the academy is to promote the Community Oriented Policing philosophy through the exchange of information between citizens and law enforcement officials. Along the way, participants will experience what it is like to gather evidence, interview suspects and witnesses, conduct hostage negotiations, use a radar gun, and many other law enforcement tasks. Participants will learn what it takes to become a police officer, from the hiring process to the police academy experience, from using a firearms training simulator to executing a high-risk vehicle stop. Peoria Police encourage everyone to get involved: those interested in law enforcement as a career, those who want to learn more about their local police department, or just want to have the experience of a lifetime.

To be eligible to participate in the academy, you must be an adult who resides or works in Peoria. Applications can be found at