Freeport Police Department Announces Spring 2017 Civilian Police Academy

Freeport, Illinois — The Freeport Police Department announced recently that it is accepting applications for the 2017 Civilian Police Academy.

The Civilian Police Academy is a fifteen-week program designed to give the participants a working knowledge of the Freeport Police Department. It consists of a series of classes and discussions held once a week, on a designated evening from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. There are two academy classes a year and each class size is limited to approximately 25 students. There is no cost to anyone who enrolls.

The classes will provide an in-depth view into various aspects of law enforcement. It is an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that effect law enforcement efforts in the City of Freeport, and how to develop a partnership with the police department. This program also allows the participant a unique “hands-on” opportunity in a variety of law enforcement tasks and responsibilities.


  • To create a better understanding and communication between the citizens and police through education.
  • To develop a partnership between the citizens and police in order to establish a safer community.


When residents take a more personal interest in their city, and the protection of their community and neighborhoods, they will enjoy a safer and closer relationship with their neighbors. Upon completion of the course, graduates receive a diploma, academy mug, and class photo.


Community Oriented Policing plays an important and vital role in reducing crime in any community. Therefore the Freeport Police Department instituted the Civilian Police Academy, to improve communication and obtain input and support throughout the city. It is our hope that the graduates will become partners with us in identifying problems and solutions to the crime issues that are affecting our community. Graduates will take their knowledge back into their neighborhoods where they can use it to enhance the quality of neighborhood life.

Who Can Attend?

Individuals who apply for the Civilian Police Academy must be at least 18 years of age. They must also live, work, or own property in the City of Freeport.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to attending the class sessions, each participant must complete a four hour ride-along with a patrol unit and spend two hours in the 9-1-1 Center.

Curriculum Summary

  • Department Overview and Tour
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Patrol Procedures / Traffic Laws – Accident Investigations
  • Domestic Violence / Victim Services
  • Evidence Collection Procedures
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Response to Resistance Agression
  • Elements of Offenses
  • Juvenile Investigations
  • Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving
  • Police Survival Skills / Self Defense
  • School Resource Officer
  • Patrol Ride-Along / Student – Officer Interaction
  • Communications / Enhanced 9-1-1 System

Instructors include members of the Freeport Police Department.

Feel free to contact Officer Chris Fidecki at (815) 235-8222 with any questions you may have regarding this program.

Freeport Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2017 Civilian Police Academy

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