Citizen Police Academy

The Lake Zurich Police Department sponsors a Citizen Police Academy.  The academy is conducted one night a week over a period of 10 weeks at the Police Department.  The academy is free to Lake Zurich residents that are at least 21 years of age.  Topics covered are:

  • A tour of the police facility including the 911 dispatch center
  • Vehicle crash investigations
  • DUI/Traffic enforcement
  • Criminal investigations
  • Crime scene processing
  • The duties of a patrol officer
  • Drug interdiction and enforcement
  • Police defensive tactics
  • Firearms training
  • Juvenile justice
  • Ride along with a patrol officer.
Participation Requirements

The following are a list of requirements to participate in the academy.
  • Lake Zurich resident
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Available for a once a week 3 hour class for a period of 10 weeks
  • Class are limited to a minimum 12 and maxing is 20



The Citizen Academy is offered in the fall of each year and given sufficient participation runs from September through November.

For more information contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (847) 719-1690 or bookmark this page for updates.