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DuPage County Sheriff

James Mendrick

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Programs and Services


Citizen Policy Academy

The Sheriff's Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is designed to provide the community with a unique look into the DuPage County Sheriff's Office. The Academy also provides students with a hands-on look at the inner workings of the DuPage County Jail, the crime laboratory and the county court system.

The curriculum includes a wide variety of interactive experiences, supplemented by limited in-classroom lecture. Each week students participate in mock exercises such as:

  • re-enacting traffic stops,
  • examining crime scenes,
  • collecting and processing evidence,
  • participating in a hostage situation,
  • dispatching officers,
  • using a firearms simulator,
  • and participating in courtroom proceedings.

Students also tour the jail, crime laboratory and judicial facility. Other topics include training methods, gang enforcement, social services, crime prevention, hazardous devices, and police vehicle operations.

A graduation ceremony is held at the conclusion of each session. Students also have the opportunity to join the Sheriff's Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association.

When is the next class?

Fifteen-week academy classes are held once a year in the fall. Classes meet one night a week from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at the Sheriff's Office in Wheaton.

How do I register?

The Academy is open to all DuPage County residents. Tuition is free, but enrollment is limited to a first come, first serve basis. The Deadline for application is July 31st and classes start the third Tuesday in August.  Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and submit to a warrant and criminal history check. Applicants who have been convicted of a violent crime may be disqualified.

For more information or to register for a session, please call (630) 407-2317 or Email:


Download a Citizen Police Academy application.