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Lake County Offers Citizen Police Academy

Apply by Feb. 15 to attend this year's 10-week program.

The Lake County Sheriff's Department will hold its next Citizen Police Academy course starting March 7. Interested residents are invited to apply to the program, which will provide a first-hand look at how the office of Sheriff Mark Curran maintains law and order for the residents of Lake County.

The academy is a 10-week program with classes running approximately three hours each on Thursday evenings. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. each evening.

Instruction is provided by sworn deputies and civilians in their field of expertise and is designed to provide a hands-on experience. Training will take place at the various Sheriff’s Office facilities throughout the county, including the Lake County Courthouse and Lake County Jail located in Waukegan, as well as the Highway Patrol Division located in Libertyville.

Academy students will graduate on May 23. 

The Citizen Police Academy is offered free to Lake County residents. Participants must be 21 years of age or older, be of good moral character and have no felony convictions.

Applications are available at the Lake County Sheriff’s Administration Office located at 25 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Waukegan or on the Lake County website. Interested residents must apply by Feb. 15. For further information, call Deputy Roman Buchberger at (847) 377-4211.

— Information provided by the Lake County Sheriff's office.

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RonnieTheLimoDriver January 30, 2013 at 06:20 PM
No, it is what is explained in the article. It is meant for interested citizens to learn more about the Sheriff's office and how they conduct their work. You can read about it on their web site. This is very common. Deerfield has a citizens police academy though they have not conducted a program in a while that I have seen. Even the FBI has a similar program, which if you remember was discussed during the whole Petraeus scandal. Jill Kelley met her FBI "friend" during their program. The FBI one takes a lot more connections to participate in than Lake County, I would bet.
Charles January 30, 2013 at 06:48 PM
And you have to go to classes for hours and hours? Oh that sounds like a barrel of entertainment and fun. I did read "their web site". I also read their application and that sure does seem like a lot of b.s. for Lake County tax paying citizens to need references to learn what their law enforcement does to earn their keep. You call it what you want, it's still nothing more than a junior deputy program. LOL
Kathryn Hall February 04, 2013 at 05:11 PM
I did the citizen police academy at Mundelein PD, and it was a lot of fun and very informative.
An Beal Bocht February 28, 2013 at 08:38 PM
It is absolutely not a Junior Deputy Program. Far from it. What it is, is a very informative program and for those who are interested they should give it a go. Definitely worth the time..excuse the pun!

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