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Waukegan police academy classes begin Jan. 24

Updated: January 29, 2013 6:17AM

Applications are being accepted for the Waukegan Citizen Police Academy, a 10-week class that lets residents learn about how their police department works.

“The Waukegan Citizen Police Academy is an excellent tool for both the police department and the citizens it serves. The students gain a valuable insight not only into how the Waukegan Police Department functions, but the opportunity to practice our methods hands on,” said Police Chief Daniel Greathouse. “In return, it puts our police officers in contact with the public and gives an opportunity for the police department to gain insight to the needs and expectations of the community.”

The academy’s main goal is to continue to foster goodwill and understanding between the department and city residents.

The once-a-week, three-hour classes are taught by members of the police department. Classes begin Jan. 24, 2013, and conclude March 28.

During the 10-week academy at the police station, participants will receive both classroom and hands-on training and experience. They will learn about qualifications and qualities looked for in a police officer; how a police officer is selected; how they are trained; patrol functions; investigation functions; juvenile law; criminal justice system (taught by members of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office); firearms qualifications; traffic stops; law and DUIs; K-9; gangs and narcotics; and evidence processing.

All students will participate as an evidence technician or a detective to solve a mock homicide.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, a Waukegan resident or business owner within the corporate limits of the city and pass a background investigation.

An application can be downloaded at the city’s Web site, or by calling (847) 599-2621.

All applications must be returned by mail to: Waukegan Police Department, 420 Robert V. Sabonjian, Waukegan, IL 60085, Attn: CPA.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Jan. 14, 2013.

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