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Posted on: May 5, 2017

Orland Park Police Department Offers Teen Citizens' Police Academy

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 The Orland Park Police Department will offer its Teen Citizens’ Police Academy giving young adults an inside view of law enforcement. The department will offer a free two-day worksite-based program for village residents between the ages of 15 and 18, introducing teens to a number of the department’s programs and responsibilities.

“This is a great opportunity for teens to get a firsthand look at all that the police department does,” said Chief Tim McCarthy. “Those who are considering careers in law enforcement enjoy the behind the scenes tours and those who simply want to learn more about the department are all invited to participate.”

The teen academy will be held on Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at the Orland Park Police Department, 15100 South Ravinia Avenue. Participants must pass basic background checks and space is limited.

Participants will learn about recruiting, training, dispatch, patrol, K9, traffic enforcement/DUI, internet investigations, and more.

“The teens participating in the TCPA are going to learn everything they want to know about law enforcement,” said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village’s Public Safety Committee. “We want them to leave with a better understanding of the Orland Park Police Department and law enforcement in general.”

Orland Park’s Riley Doyle-Odenbach, 17, participated in the department’s first teen academy in 2015.

“The academy is a great experience for teens to get the inside scoop on the police force. It allows teens to gain a different and truthful perspective regarding law enforcement,” Doyle-Odenbach said. “If you are considering a career in law enforcement, locally or federally, I strongly suggest taking part in this experience so you can see what it’s really about.”

The Teen Citizens’ Police Academy includes two, eight-hour sessions with lunch provided by the Village of Orland Park. Those who complete both eight-hour sessions of the academy will receive certificates.

For more information, call the Orland Park Police Department at 708/364-8149.
Download an application.