Citizens Police Academy
Each year, the Moline Police Department participates in the Citizens Police Academy in partnership with the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department, the Illinois State Police District 7, and the police departments of East Moline, Rock Island, Silvis, and Milan. Classes are offered each year, sometime during the first six months, and host between 20 to 25 participants. The academy is coordinated by the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office (for information about upcoming sessions, contact 309.558.3456).
About the Program
The Citizens Police Academy is an 11-week program designed to give the participants a basic knowledge of how the police department operates. Classroom instruction is presented by police officers from the sponsoring agencies, and participants have an opportunity to shoot a police issued handgun and tour the county jail. The sessions are informal, and questions are encouraged. Participants are also encouraged to go on patrol as a ride-along to witness first-hand the police officer’s work on the beat.
Weekly Sessions & Times
Each weekly session is from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Even though class time is set aside for questions, most instructors are available after class to answer more in-depth or personal questions. At the conclusion of the course, participants are awarded special certificates and honored at a dinner reception.
Benefits of the program include:
- Citizens and police officers have an opportunity to work closely together and exchange views.
- Citizens gain a better understanding of how their police department works.
- Citizens can better appreciate how the criminal justice system works and be aware of some of the restrictions the police deal with.
- Citizens can see first-hand how their tax dollars are being spent.
- Police officers get feedback from citizens who are not directly involved in law enforcement.
- Crime can be reduced by cooperation between the citizens and the Police Department.
Participants must be at least 21 years old and live or work in the Illinois quad city metropolitan area. Applicants are subjected to a background and criminal history check.