Citizen Police Academy

The purpose of the Waukegan Citizen's Police Academy (WCPA) is to foster goodwill and understanding between the Waukegan Police Department and the citizens of the City. The WCPA is taught by members of the Waukegan Police Department.

The students gain valuable insight not only into how the Waukegan Police Department functions, but gives them the opportunity to practice our methods hands on. In return, it puts our police officers in contact with the public and gives an opportunity for the police department to gain insight to the needs and expectations of the community.

During the academy, participants will receive both classroom and hands on training and experience. During this time they will learn about:

  • Qualifications and qualities of a police officer
  • How a police officer is selected
  • How police officers are trained
  • Scenarios
  • Patrol functions
  • Investigation functions
  • Juvenile law
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Firearms qualifications
  • Traffic Stops, law and DUI
  • Use of Force / Case Law
  • K-9
  • Neighborhood Policing Unit
  • Gangs and Narcotics
  • Evidence Technicians

If you are interested in attending the Citizens' Police Academy, please fill out the application (PDF) and submit via e-mail to the Lieutenant Beach and his team at the Neighborhood Policing email.