Community AcademyThe Community Academy is a community outreach and education program for the residents of Chicago. It gives the community a first hand experience of the Chicago Police Department and the units within the Department. This course gives community members a first-hand experience of the Chicago Police Department training. All instructors in the program are Chicago Police Department employees. The course is held once a week for 10 weeks for 3-hours each week at the Education and Training Academy. This course is open to residents and workers of Chicago. Each Bureau within the Department will discuss the protocols and processes that are in place to conduct their functions. Lectures, demonstrations, and scenarios are used in a professional environment to encourage a stronger partnership with the community members. The course is designed to build ambassadors to take the new tools they have acquired and share the knowledge with the community.
The goal of the Community Academy is to provide the citizens with an opportunity to see how the police department serves the community. Participants will learn how and why specific or certain decisions are made, while taking into consideration the impact those decisions will have within the community.