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The Carbondale Police Department is accepting applications for Citizen's Police Academy

Carbondale Police Department
Carbondale Police Department/City of Carbondale

The Carbondale Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizens Police Academy. The purpose of the CPA is to develop positive relations and a better understanding and communication between the police and the community through education. The goal is to create a growing nucleus of responsible, well-informed citizens about police practices and services. Citizens will gain an appreciation of the problems and challenges facing law enforcement and have an opportunity to offer comments and ideas regarding solutions. The citizens will also have an opportunity to voice their concerns directly to the police.

The goal is to increase the knowledge of each student on “who, what, when, why, and how” the Carbondale Police Department operates.

The academy is divided into two components: Basic and Advanced Classes which will be held on the next five Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. beginning February 8th.

The academy is free and anyone can apply by but applications must be submitted by February 6th. All applicants will undergo a background check.

Click here for more information about the academy or to complete an online application form.

Applications can also be picked up in person at the Carbondale Police Department located at 501 South Washington Street. Questions about the academy should be directed to Randy Mathis at 457-3200 ext. 402 or rmathis@explorecarbondale.com. Applications must be submitted by Monday, February 6, at 5 p.m.  

The Citizens Police Academy is not a part of the hiring process for the position of Police Officer with the City of Carbondale.

Leah Lerner is a media writer, producer, and announcer at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org.
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