City of Kankakee Police Department Now Accepting Applications for Citizen Police Academy


February 07, 2024

Kankakee, IL – The City of Kankakee Police Department is thrilled to announce the launch of the Citizen Police Academy, an engaging program designed to foster a better understanding between our community and the dedicated men and women who serve and protect.

Chief Christopher Kidwell states, "The Citizen Police Academy is an invaluable opportunity for residents to gain insight into the daily operations of our police force, dispelling myths, and building trust. This program is a crucial step towards strengthening the bond between law enforcement and the community we proudly serve."


Key Details:

Program Duration: March 6, 2024, to May 1, 2024

Location: City of Kankakee Police Department, Public Safety Building 385 E. Oak St. Kankakee, IL 60901


What to Expect: 

Insightful Sessions: Learn about various aspects of law enforcement, including patrol procedures, investigations, and community policing.

Hands-on Experience: Engage in practical scenarios, experience ride-along, and understand the challenges our officers face daily.

Q&A Sessions: Interact with officers, ask questions, and discuss topics important to you and your community.

Networking: Build connections with fellow participants, officers, and community leaders.


Chief Kidwell encourages residents, "This is an incredible chance to build bridges and demystify the work of our police force. We invite everyone to apply and be part of this unique learning experience."

Individuals who apply for the Citizen Police Academy must be 18 years of age and reside and/or work in Kankakee County.  All applicants will be subjected to a criminal background investigation. Interested candidates should contact Elizabeth Jennings at (815) 933-0401.


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