Edwardsville Citizen's Police Academy

The Edwardsville Police Department is proud to announce that we are accepting applications for the Fall Edwardsville Citizen's Police Academy, and like to extend an invitation to those interested in learning about constitutional law, rights of citizens, and the duties of law-enforcement officers. The purpose of this academy is to strengthen the positive relationship between the members of the Edwardsville Police Department, and the citizens they serve. 

This academy gives participants a chance to learn certain aspects of law enforcement through a “hands on” learning environment. Academy sessions will include tours, demonstrations, and practical exercises that will allow participants to experience life from a police officer’s point of view. The academy is a 10 week course to be held on Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; the first session will start on April 13th, 2017. 


Topics to be covered include:

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  • 4 hour ride along
  • Computer crimes and identity theft
  • Crime scene investigation with hands on exercise
  • Drug trends and identification
  • Firearms familiarization
  • Force on force/active shooter hands on exercise
  • Law review
  • Traffic/DUI enforcement
  • Use of force, excited delirium, Crisis Intervention


The academy is presented to adults, 21 and over, and will be limited to 20 participants. Anyone may apply, but priority will be given to Edwardsville residents on a first come, first serve basis; a $25 registration fee will be required for each participant. Upon graduation, participants will receive a shirt and certificate of completion.


If you would like to enroll in the City of Edwardsville Citizens Police Academy, fill out the application (PDF). Please return the completed application and a check for $25 made to the Edwardsville Police Department. Mail the application and check to:

Edwardsville Police Department
Citizen’s Police Academy
333 S. Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025

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If you are not selected for the class, your check will be returned to you as soon as possible. Some portions may require physical activity. The Department and staff will work to make reasonable accommodation to individuals with special needs, but cannot guarantee participation in all activities.