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Residents invited to become "citizen police"

Published: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 12:08 p.m. CDT

DuPage County residents interested in learning more about law enforcement are in luck.

The DuPage County Sheriff's Office will offer a Citizens Police Academy starting Sept. 3, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

In addition to law enforcement activities, students will get a hands-on look at the county jail, crime laboratory and courthouse during the 15-week course, according to the release. Classes will consist of interactive workshops and limited in-classroom lectures. The course will also explore topics such as Crime Scene Investigations, SWAT Team, financial identity theft, bomb unit, gang enforcement and more.

Residents who have graduated from municipal citizen police academies are welcome. Students who complete the course will have an opportunity to join the Volunteers in Police Services.

Tuition is free, but enrollment is offered at a first-come, first-serve basis, according to the release. For more information about qualifications, scheduling and more, call 630-407-2317 or email Sgt. Randy Groh at randy.groh@dupagesheriff.org. Applicants can also be filed online at www.dupageco.org/sheriff under Programs and Services.

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