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Huntley’s Citizens Police Academy program accepting applications

Free course designed to educate residents about operations

Applications are being accepted for Huntley’s Citizens Police Academy, a free, 10-week program designed to give residents a better understanding of the different areas of law enforcement.

The department holds one session a year and is limited to 20 students.

Classes will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from March 6 to May 22 at the Huntley Police Department, 10911 Main St.

The course is open to anyone age 18 or older who lives or works in Huntley. All applicants will be subject to a background check and will be informed in writing as to whether they have been accepted, rejected or put on a waiting list for a future class.

Because there is limited space, applicants must agree to attend at least eight of the 10 scheduled sessions.

Topics will include patrol, telecommunications, traffic law, criminal law, use of force, evidence, juveniles, investigations, gang awareness, problem-solving and crime prevention. The program will allow participants to gain a working knowledge of the duties and responsibilities required to be a law enforcement officer.

The objective is not to train an individual to become a reserve police officer but to produce informed citizens.

Graduates of the program are encouraged to join the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, which offers the opportunity for continued education in the field of law enforcement and a more interactive association with the police department, according to the village’s website.

The application deadline is Feb. 15, unless the class is filled before then.

As part of the application process, applicants must authorize the police department to conduct a criminal history background investigation. Applicants with felonies, certain misdemeanor or traffic offenses or those arrested by Huntley police are not eligible to participate.

Applications are available on the village of Huntley’s website. Signed and completed forms should be sent to officer Megan Racila at mracila@huntley.il.us or dropped off at the police department. For information, call Racila at 847-515-5411.

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