Citizen Police Academy

Citizen Police Academy


The McHenry County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for its 11-week Citizen's Police Academy (CPA).  Classes will be held weekly on Wednesday's from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the McHenry County Sheriff's Office - Training Division starting September 11, 2019, with graduation set for November 20, 2019. 

The CPA consists of a series of classes, discussions and demonstrations of the various operations and divisions of the Sheriff's Office.  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, complete the application paperwork and pass a criminal background check. Preference is given to those that live in McHenry County. Those who work in McHenry County or are non-residents are also encouraged to apply. The Citizen's 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 in becoming a participant in 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 4:00 pm on Friday, July 12, 2019.

Download the Citizen Police Academy Application Here


Anyone with questions can contact the Community Relations Division at (815) 338-2144 or email   

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