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Citizen Police Academy
The Orland Park Police Department will again host its Citizens’ Police Academy, offering an inside perspective into law enforcement in the Village of Orland Park.

“The village’s Police Academy is a great way to learn about all that the Orland Park Police Department does within the community,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “Adults who have an interest in law enforcement or those who simply want to know more about the department are invited to register,” he said.

The academy will be held on nine consecutive Tuesday evenings, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., September 3rd through October 29, 2013. The class is limited in size and is open to adults age eighteen and older. A criminal history review will be conducted on each registrant prior to acceptance into the academy.

“The Citizens’ Police Academy is a great opportunity to learn first-hand the numerous functions of the Orland Park Police Department,” said Trustee Carole Griffin Ruzich, chair of the village’s Public Safety Committee.

The 2013 academy curriculum includes the functions of the department’s Patrol and Investigations Divisions. Participants will 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.

“We’re very excited to again offer the academy,” said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. “This is a great overview of the department with weekly focuses on our different divisions,” the chief added.

“The Police Department’s academy is a great way for people to learn more about the many facets of public safety within the village,” McLaughlin said. “There are many components to the Police Department and this program gives an inside view of all that these men and women do to keep our community safe,” the mayor said.

There is no charge to participate and completed registration forms are due to the department by August 29,2013. Registration forms may be downloaded from the village’s website and are available at the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue and at the Orland Park Police Station, 15100 South Ravinia Avenue.

For more information, contact Officer Chuck Barth at 708/364-4736.