Registration Open for Orland Park Police Department’s Free Citizens’ Police Academy

Registration Open for Orland Park Police Department’s Free Citizens’ Police Academy
Posted on 09/06/2017

Adults who have an interest in law enforcement or those who simply want to know more about law enforcement in Orland Park are invited to register for Orland Park Police Department's Citizens' Police Academy that will be held on Saturday, October 14.

"Orland Park's Citizen Police Academy is a great opportunity for those interested in careers in law enforcement and it's also a great program for anyone who wants to learn more about the Orland Park Police Department," said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee.

The one-day class runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orland Park Police Department, 15100 S. Ravinia Avenue. There is no charge for the class and lunch will be provided.

"Every year, the Orland Park Police Department invites local adults to participate in our citizens' academy to give an inside perspective into local law enforcement," said Chief Tim McCarthy. "This is an excellent way to learn about the daily responsibilities of the police department and its members."

The class is limited in size and is open to adults age 18 and older. A criminal history review will be conducted on each registrant prior to acceptance into the academy.

"The police academy is another great community program offered by the Orland Park Police Department," Calandriello added. "We are truly grateful for these opportunities for our men and women in blue to show our citizens all that they do."

The academy curriculum includes the functions of the department's Patrol and Investigations Divisions. Participants will also meet officers serving in the Traffic Unit, DARE Program and schools. The department's K-9 Unit will conduct a demonstration, and students may participate in mock traffic stops along with other simulations.

"Most people don't realize how many programs the Orland Park Police Department offers and all that's involved with keeping our community safe," Calandriello said.

Registration forms can be downloaded and printed from the village's website.

For more information, call Sgt. Wayne Lee at 708/349-4111.