Citizens Police and Fire Academy


Wheeling Citizens Police and Fire Academy 

The Wheeling Police Department Citizen's Police and Fire Academy runs from September 7 through November 2. These free classes are taught by Officers and Staff and meet one night a week from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and will cover just about everything of interest concerning Law Enforcement and Fire Safety in Wheeling.

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This course allows residents an inside look at the expertise and operations of their Police Department. Applications can be obtained from either the Police Department or on line. Seats are limited, so register early. Residents wanting more information should contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 847-459-2994 or email:

Instruction will take place in the Wheeling Police Department at 1 Community Boulevard, Wheeling Illinois.

Purpose of the Academy

The Academy is designed to increase understanding between citizens and the police through education. Our intent is to acquaint citizens with law enforcement's role in the criminal justice system, and to provide increased understanding of the tasks police officers face in their daily work.

With better understanding, it becomes easier for police and citizens to find realistic solutions to neighborhood problems.


The instructors are officers and personnel from the Department who teach their own areas of expertise. Each has years of training and experience in the subject. 


The initial session will include an introduction, an orientation and presentation on the history and organization of the Wheeling Police Department. In the weeks that follow, topics will include information on specific department units, including patrol functions, investigations, evidence, use of force/range, fire safety, fire extinguishers, fire station tour/trucks, stop the bleed, and smoke alarms/fire plans/fire week. 

Upon completion of the program, students will have the option to ride along with a patrol officer to see first-hand what officers see and hear, and what they are trained to do under a variety of circumstances. Graduates also have the opportunity to join the Wheeling Police Department's Citizens Patrol.  More information can be found here: Citizens-on-Patrol 

Throughout the experience, participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss topics with department personnel. 

How Are Participants Selected? 

The department attempts to reflect the broadest possible range within our community; this includes young and old, men and women, and representatives of schools, businesses and civic groups. 

To Apply

Submit an application (PDF). You will be notified if you are selected for the next session. There is no fee for the Academy.

The Wheeling Police Department's philosophy of Problem Oriented Policing is being designed to build a partnership with our citizens. The partnership will work to find solutions to Identified Issues in our neighborhoods, on our streets and in our industrial and commercial areas.