CHAMPAIGN — Area residents can get a glimpse of how local law enforcement works at an upcoming session of the Champaign County Citizen Police Academy.
The program, hosted by the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, starting this week and running through June 12. Sessions will be held at the training institute at 1004 S. Fourth St., Champaign, and various other sites.
"The Citizen Police Academy is a mechanism for local police departments to inform the public of what they do, improve communication and obtain citizen input, assistance and support throughout the county," said Mike Schlosser of the Police Training Institute.
Participants will learn about crime prevention, crime scene investigation, firearms, the judicial system, terrorism, traffic stops, drug enforcement, DUI enforcement, community policing, the use of force and Champaign County Crimestoppers.
They will observe demonstrations by a local SWAT team and by a police dog and his handler.
In addition, the program includes a ride-along with a local police department and a tour of the Champaign County Jail.
To sign up, call your local law enforcement agency, or the Police Training Institute at 217-333-2337.