Citizen Police Academy

NOTICE: The Citizen Police Academy has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Information Regarding the Academy

The Belleville Citizen Police Academy gives citizens an up-close look at how the police department operates, with hands-on experiences that assist the public in understanding the ’how and why’ as it applies to the many functions and duties of the department. 

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Academy classes provide an in-depth view into various areas of law enforcement and is an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to lean about the issues that affect law enforcement efforts in the City of Belleville.

The Academy is designed to provide participants with a realistic view of the day to day operations of police work by providing instruction, practical exercises, and education on numerous topics. Sessions will include a combination of presentations, tours, demonstrations, and practical exercises that will allow participants to experience life from a police officer’s point of view.

The program is taught by members of the Belleville Police Department in a series of classes and discussions. 

The academy is offered to adults, 18 and over, who reside or work within the corporate city limits of Belleville, or attend college in the metro-east area.

Topics of Discussion and Hands-On Training

  • Agency History and Structure
  • PD Tour
  • Patrol Operations
  • Investigations
  • Major Case Squad
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Use of Force
  • Special Operations Group
  • Code Enforcement
  • Narcotics Investigations
  • SWAT
  • 4 Hour Ride-A-Long with an Officer

Contact Information

For questions regarding the Belleville Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy, please contact Lt. Chris Mattingly, Administrative Division Commander, at mattinglyc@bellevillepolice.org, or 618-355-9732.

Citizen Police Academy Photos

View photos of prior Citizen Police Academy classes.