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.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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