Citizens Police Academy Applications Open

The Jacksonville Police Department, Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, and South Jacksonville Police Department are offering the Citizens Police Academy to members of our community. The goal of the Citizens Police Academy is to not only help local residents better understand police work in their community, but also to develop stronger ties between the community and their police agencies in an effort to better address crime and other law enforcement issues. It is through community cooperation and planning that we can best ensure quality police services in an organized and effective crime prevention program.

The academy is an twelve-week program with the classes being held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Classes will be held at the Jacksonville Municipal Building, 200 West Douglas Ave, Jacksonville IL. Each evening of instruction will cover different aspects of the law enforcement profession. Local area law enforcement personnel will present the instruction during the Citizens Police Academy with an occasional outside speaker. Students must attend ten out of the twelve weekly classes for successful completion of the program. There is no cost to applicants to participate in the Citizens Police Academy.

Applications can be picked up at the Jacksonville Police Department, Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, South Jacksonville Police Department or online at The 24nd Citizens Police Academy will start on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 and finish with Graduation on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Applications must be received no later than Wednesday February 1, 2017. Any questions concerning the academy may be directed to class coordinators Ptl. Tino Vasquez and Loren Hamilton Phone: 479-4630

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