Citizen's Police Academy

The Spring 2018 Citizen's Police Academy is filled! However, we still encourage you to submit your name to be placed on the waiting list for future CPA programs. Time flies and it's definitely worth it. Just call (or email) to the information below.

We are currently in the process of planning the Spring, 2018 session of the Citizen's Police Academy and have openings for Vernon Hills residents age 21 and over.

It will start on Wednesday, March 21 and run for ten consecutive Wednesdays, concluding on May 23.  Each class runs from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Interested? Read on or call 847-247-4889 or email for more information. You'll be glad you did!

An Experience of a Lifetime!

Sadly, the 2017 Spring Citizen's Police Academy came to an end on May 24. We had a great group of 12 very enthusiastic residents who will now be wondering how to spend their Wednesday evenings.

Don't be discouraged. Names are always accepted to be placed on the waiting list for future classes. Interested residents should contact the Crime Prevention Unit ASAP at 847-247-4889 or via email. Don't delay, the list will probably grow fast.


Check back to follow the 2018 CPA from week-to-week.


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
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. Names are always welcome to 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.