Richmond Citizens Police Academy to run 10 weeks

RICHMOND –The Richmond Police Department is accepting applications for its 10-week Citizens Police Academy.

The class will meet 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday, starting Sept. 17, at the Richmond Village Hall, 5600 Hunter Drive.

It will cover the role of police in the community, patrol activities, weapons familiarization, and use of force.

Participants also will go on a patrol ride-along and see a K-9 unit demonstration.

Graduates can join the Richmond Illinois Citizens Police Academy Association, a volunteer group that works to assist the police department and facilitate communication between residents and the department.

Applications can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Richmond Police Department or at the academy association's website, richmondilcpaa.org.

Applications are due Sept. 13, and those picked for the class will be notified by Sept. 15 after a background check.

For information, call 815-678-4163 or go to the association's website, richmondilcpaa.org.

–Emily K. Coleman