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University of Illinois Police Department

Community Police Academy

The Community Police Academy is about building bridges and forming relationships around our common goal of keeping everyone safe.

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The Community Police Academy is an opportunity for you to participate in conversations about police operations, investigations, crime prevention and specialized units like K-9, bomb squad and SWAT, and it culminates with a police ride along so you can learn more about what officers do.

It is a four-week course involving one three-hour class per week and takes place on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. It is free of charge and open to U. of I. students, faculty and staff. Space is limited, so participants will be selected on an application basis.


The spring 2020 academy has been canceled in accordance with community-wide recommendations to limit non-essential gatherings of people. You can join our mailing list to get notified when dates are scheduled for the next academy.

Spring 2020
April 2, 9, 16 and 23 (Thursdays)
6-9 p.m.
The academy will begin at the University of Illinois Police Department and move to various campus locations in later weeks. Locations will be given to academy participants ahead of time. Transportation will be available if necessary.

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What you’ll learn

Here’s the tentative schedule, but may change as the class approaches:

Week 1: Intro to policing
  • Policing history and the University of Illinois Police
  • 9-1-1 calls and how they are dispatched
  • Verbal de-escalation training
Week 2: Crime scenes
  • Intro to investigations
  • Rehabilitative measures
  • Fingerprints, footprints and DNA
  • Hands-on crime scene investigation
  • Sexual assault investigations
Week 3: Traffic, Bomb Squad, SWAT and K-9 demo
  • Speed enforcement and traffic stops
  • SWAT operations
  • Bomb squad demonstration
  • K-9 demonstration
Week 4: Use of force
  • Use of force simulation
  • Officer-involved shootings