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Citizen's Police Academy
An Experience of a Lifetime!

academy.jpg Background
Each spring the Vernon Hills Police Department hosts a program known as the Citizen's Police Academy (CPA).  Twelve lucky residents, age 21 and over, get to participate in this program. The CPA is a free 10-week program in which participants meet once a week for 2.5 to 3 hours each week to learn about law enforcement. In fact, they don't just learn about any law enforcement, but specifically Vernon Hills law enforcement.

In the past, members of the CPA have ranged from individuals considering law enforcement as a career to senior citizens who wish to learn more about their police department. Sometimes husbands and wives participate in the class together.

Program Details
Highlights of the CPA include a lesson in the safe use of firearms and a ride-along with an officer on patrol. Members also have an opportunity to experience the MILO simulator.  MILO is a computerized judgmental police training device that uses laser-equipped weaponry. That's a fancy way of saying it's like an interactive video game.

To give you a better idea of the program, here are the topics we cover:
  • Communications Section
  • Patrol Operations
  • Traffic Law Enforcement
  • Traffic Stops
  • Use of Force / Handcuffing
  • Firearms Training
  • Evidence Collection 
  • MILO (Firearms Training Simulator)
  • Ethics
  • DUI Laws and Enforcement
  • Investigations
  • Ride-along with a police officer

Click the links on the left  for a recap of the Spring 2016 CPA. 

Read/download our CPA pamphlet and read some comments from past participants.

Sign Up

The CPA has been a very popular and well-critiqued program since its inception in 1994. The spring, 2016 class is currently in progress and will run every Wednesday through May 25. However, names are always accepted and you will be placed on a waiting list for future classes. It's worth the wait!

Interested residents should contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 847-247-4889 or via email.

Don't live in Vernon Hills? 
Although Vernon Hills was one of the first communities in the area to offer a Citizen's Police Academy for its residents, the concept is nationwide. All citizens are encouraged to contact your local police department to learn about the availability of a CPA where you live. You can also visit the National Citizen's Police Academy Association website to learn more.