Edwardsville Citizens Police Academy

Edwardsville Police Department LogoThe Edwardsville Police Department is proud to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2024 Edwardsville Citizens Police Academy, and would 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 allowing participants to experience life from a police officer’s point of view. The academy is a 10-week course held one night a week from 6-9 p.m. The 2024 Citizens Police Academy will begin on Thursday, January 18, and continue on subsequent Thursday nights.

Topics to be covered:

  • Law review
  • Traffic/DUI enforcement
  • Use of force, Mental Health/Crisis Intervention, De-escalation Techniques 
  • Firearms familiarization
  • Force on force/active shooter hands on exercise
  • Drug trends and identification
  • Crime scene investigation with hands on exercise
  • Investigations Overview and Computer crimes
  • Four-hour ride-along

Eligibility and cost:

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, which helps cover program costs. 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 and submit the online application or print and mail or drop off this application (PDF). In addition to the completed application, a check for $25 made out to the Edwardsville Police Department is required. Mail the application (if not submitted online) and the check to:

Edwardsville Police Department
Attn.: Citizens Police Academy
333 S. Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025

More Information:

If you are not selected for the class, your check will be returned to you as soon as possible. Some sessions 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.

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