Senior Law Enforcement Academy

Seniors will learn how to protect themselves from crime; communicate with law enforcement; guard against con games and scams; and understand the functions of the Cook County Jail and Courts by participating in the Senior Citizen Law Enforcement Academy. The series of six sessions will be held free of charge at Smith Village, 2320 West 113th Place, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, on Tuesdays April 11, 18, 25, and May 2, 9, and 16. Participants only need to attend three or more sessions to receive the Certificate of Completion and will be honored at a graduation ceremony and reception on Tuesday, May 16 which will start at 11:00 am after the 10:00 am presentation.

In addition to free valet parking, refreshments will be served.



Each session addresses topics so that senior citizens can build an understanding of local law enforcement and gain tools to stay safe.

Session 1, Tuesday, April 11 – Meet officers from the Office of the Cook County Sheriff and the Sheriff’s Police Department and gain an understanding of their roles and the services they provide.

Session 2, Tuesday, April 18 – Learn about crimes against the elderly and how to guard against identity theft, telemarketing scams, con games and elder abuse.

Session 3, Tuesday, April 25 – Get the inside scoop on how 911 and non-emergency calls are handled, as well as patrol procedures, crime scene processing and the fundamentals of an investigation.

Session 4, Tuesday, May 2 – Gain insights into the gang crimes and narcotics units and see a demonstration by the K-9 unit.

Session 5, Tuesday, May 9 – Deepen understanding of the Sheriff’s Court Services Department, Civil Process Division, and the Cook County Jail as well as alternative incarceration programs.

Session 6, Tuesday, May 16 – Explore community policing programs and enjoy a graduation ceremony and reception.

Registration is now closed.