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Posted on: September 12, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Citizens Police Academy 2012

Date Issued: Sept. 12, 2012

The Westmont Citizens Police Academy is designed to give the public a working knowledge of the practices, policies and procedures governing the Westmont Police Department. The program consists of 9 two-and-a-half hour training sessions and culminates with a graduation ceremony. The sessions have been designed to incorporate an interactive format providing the participants with a “hands-on” experience. Instructors are police personnel with expertise in various areas.

Participants are given a realistic view of the police department. A wide variety of topics will be discussed including:

· Patrol procedures
· Criminal and juvenile law
· Combating gangs
· Special Weapons Activation Team
· Traffic enforcement
· Crimes Scene Investigation
· Firearms training
· Homicide investigation

Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings starting

September 26, 2012, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
at the Westmont Police Department, 500 North Cass Avenue

Who can attend?
· Must be at least 18 years of age.
· Must live, work, or be associated in some manner with the Village of Westmont.
· Have no felony convictions.
· A background and criminal check will be conducted.
· The Westmont Police Department reserves the right to exclude any applicant.

The program operates on the premise that informed, educated citizens will be supportive of police officers and the department. Additionally, those completing the program have the potential of becoming more productive within our community. Through program presentations, lectures and “hands-on” experiences participants will gain valuable insight into the operations of the Westmont Police Department. This free program furthers our goal of improving the quality of life for our residential and business community and allow interaction in a friendly and comfortable setting.

Each graduate is eligible to join the Westmont Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (WCPAA). Members meet monthly to discuss ongoing operations and needs within the department. There are ongoing educational programs. Members can also volunteer for police, community projects and programs.

Applications are available at the Westmont Police Department, 500 N. Cass Avenue. Completed applications must be returned by Friday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m. to receive consideration. For more information, contact Deputy Police Chief Ross Brenza at or call 630-981-6323.

Contact: Larry McIntyre
Westmont Media Relations Coordinator

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