The Evanston Police Department is accepting applications for its annual Youth Citizen Police Academy, a free week-long program that gives Evanston teenagers the opportunity to learn about issues affecting law enforcement in Evanston.
Classes and discussions will take place Monday through Friday, July 14-18, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are limited to 25 students, ages 13-17.
The program includes a tour of police headquarters, CSI practices, an overview of SWAT operations, class experiments and exercises in self-defense, and an explanation of use-of-force decision-making.
Students will receive a jacket and diploma upon completion of the Academy.
The police department notes that the Academy is not a boot camp or a program for rebellious teens or youth who have behavioral issues.
The deadline to register is Friday, July 11. The application is available on the city’s website.