Carbondale PD to offer citizen police academy classes

Carbondale PD to offer citizen police academy classes

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Developing positive relations with the police and community is why the Carbondale Police Department is holding basic and advanced police academy classes.

Citizens will gain an appreciation of the problems and challenges facing law enforcement and have an opportunity to offer comments and ideas regarding solutions.

There will be two classes: a Basic and Advanced, with each class having five sessions.

The Basic class will focus on an overview of police department divisions, low level patrol tactics and traffic stops, introduction to investigations and crime scenes.

The Advanced Academy will consist of higher level patrol tactics and traffic stops, Bomb Squad presentation, court perspective and firearms familiarization.

The Advanced classes will be open to those who have completed the basic class or are CPA graduates.

Classes for the Basic Citizens Police Academy will be from 6 to 9 p.m. and held on:

  • Wednesday February 10
  • Wednesday February 24
  • Wednesday March 9
  • Wednesday March 23
  • Wednesday April 6

The Advanced Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. as well. One will be held on a Saturday morning but most will be held on:

  • Thursday April 14
  • Wednesday April 20
  • Thursday April 28
  • Wednesday May 4
  • Saturday May 7,  from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The CPA is free and anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to apply for the class.

Applicants will undergo a background check when they apply.

If you are interested in attending the academy contact Officer Randy Mathis at 457-3200 ext. 402 or email at

Applications are also available by visiting the Carbondale Police Department website at

Applications are due by February 8 at 12 p.m. for the Basic and April 11 at 12 p.m. for the Advanced.

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