Citizen Police Academy

Citizen Police Academy


The McHenry County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for its 11 week Citizen's Police Academy (CPA).  The class will run every Wednesday starting September 5, 2018 with graduation set for Wednesday, November 14, 2018.  The CPA consists of a series of classes, discussions, and demonstrations of the various operations and divisions of the Sheriff's Office. Successful participants will need to attend all sessions.

Classes will be held for three hours, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekly at the McHenry County Sheriff's Office - Training Division in the Large Classroom.  The goal of the CPA is to facilitate an enjoyable, educational, hands-on learning experience of the field of law enforcement while expanding our communities' knowledge of the various services we provide.

To be a participant you must be at least 18 years of age, pass a criminal background check, and sign the waiver/ hold harmless. Preference is given to those that live or work within McHenry County. Once those have been accommodated, those in other counties are free to attend. The Citizen Police Academy is offered free of charge.

Class size will be limited to 22 students; a minimum of 10 students will be required to hold the Academy.  Participants successfully completing the CPA will have the opportunity to apply, if interested, to the Sheriff's Office Volunteer Program.  Applications can be downloaded from the McHenry County Sheriff's Office webpage at .  Applications must be postmarked or submitted in person to the Sheriff's Office by Friday, July 27, 2018.

Download the Citizen Police Academy Application Here

Anyone with questions can contact Deputy Tim Creighton (815)334-2068 or email by

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