Orland Park Police Department Offers Teen Citizens' Police Academy

Orland Park Police Department Offers Teen Citizens' Police Academy
Posted on 05/27/2015

The Orland Park Police Department has added a new demographic to its ongoing Citizens’ Police Academies --- teens.

The department will offer a free two-day worksite-based program for village residents between the ages of 15 and 18. The program will introduce teens to a number of the department’s programs and responsibilities.

“The teen police academy is a great way for the young people of the community to learn more about the police department,” said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “This is also a good opportunity for those considering law enforcement as a career to get a firsthand look at one of the best police departments in the State of Illinois,” he said.

The teen academy will be held on Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at the Orland Park Police Department, 15100 South Ravinia Avenue. Participants must pass basic background checks and space is limited.

“We are very excited to offer an academy for teens,” said Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy. “They’ll get to see the many facets of the departments and learn how public safety is conducted in Orland Park.”

Participants will learn about recruiting, training, dispatch, patrol, K9, traffic enforcement/DUI, internet investigations, and more.

“The teens participating in the TCPA are going to learn everything they want to know about law enforcement,” said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village’s Public Safety Committee. “We want them to leave here having a better understanding of the Orland Park Police Department and the law enforcement field.”

The Teen Citizens’ Police Academy will consist of two eight hour sessions with lunch provided by the Village of Orland Park. Those who complete the academy will receive certificates.

“Any time we can foster a better relationship between our youth and the police, it will go a long way towards avoiding other issues in the future,” McLaughlin added.

Applications are available by clicking the link below or by calling the Orland Park Police Department Investigations Division at 708/364-8149.