The Lombard Police Department will be holding its 24th Citizens Police Academy beginning March 4. The classes are free and take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays over a 10-week period.
The purpose of the academy is to give residents living or working in Lombard an understanding of modern police procedures and the challenges officers face. Lombard officers teach all classes so participants are taught straight from the front line.
Topics covered include traffic stops, firearm training, search and seizure laws, defensive tactics training and other hands-on instruction. Classes are exciting and feedback from students has been positive, according to the department.
The academy is an opportunity for residents to get to know their force and receive a hands-on experience of what police work is all about. Many students who complete the program say they never look at the police the same once they have gone through the classes.
Although class size is limited, residents interested in applying are encouraged to contact administrative coordinator Barb Bartolotte at (630) 873-4471 for an application.
Citizens also may pick up an application at the front desk of the police department or print from the village's website, www.villageoflombard.org.