We are not currently accepting applications for Citizens’ Police Academy.

The Joliet Police Department currently offers a twelve week academy program that provides an excellent opportunity for citizens and community leaders to learn about law enforcement and to interact with Joliet police officers and supervisors while gaining firsthand experience as to how a typical police department operates.

The academy is held for twelve weeks. The academy sessions are three hours in length and are offered weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The sessions are a mixture of lectures and practical exercises taught by qualified department personnel and also qualified personnel from outside agencies. There are also opportunities for attendees to actively participate in some of the sessions under the direct supervision of the instructor(s). After the last session, there will be a graduation ceremony where attendees will receive a certificate of completion and a CPA t-shirt. Some of the topics covered during the twelve weeks include presentations of:

  • An opportunity to talk with Chief Benton
  • Tour the police department
  • Community Policing
  • Presentation: State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Crime Prevention
  • S.O.S. (SWAT)
  • Investigations
  • Use of Force
  • Gangs
  • K-9
  • TASER training

Any further inquiries about the department’s program can be directed to the program coordinator by telephone (815) 724-3250.