Community Initiatives & Programs

Citizens Police Academy


The Citizens Police Academy offers citizens a unique opportunity by gaining insight into their Police Department. The 12-week course is usually held once per year.

Classes include topics such as investigations, canine unit and drugs and gangs. The program is a mix of instructional and role-playing activities which provide the citizen with a realistic understanding of police work in the community. There is no cost to citizens. For more information on the next Citizen's Police Academy please contact the Skokie Police Department's Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit.



Presentations & Special Events


Group meetings within the Village of Skokie, including business associations, youth groups and senior organizations, are provided the opportunity to have an Officer speak about crime prevention topics of interest. Some subjects covered include personal safety and general crime prevention, identity theft, bank robbery and gang awareness.


Nixle Community Information Service

Nixle is a Community Information Service dedicated to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you, depending on your physical location. Information is immediately available over your cell phone by text message, by email, and over the web.

Your account can be customized so you receive the information that matters most to you. Whether it is where you live, work, or have friends or family throughout the country, the information is immediately available to you over your mobile phone, email and computer. Access more information on how to create and or change your account.



School Safety & "Officer Friendly"


The Skokie Police Department School Safety Programs are presented to children in kindergarten through 3rd grade. The main goal of the program is to build and develop a trusting relationship between police officers and children. Further, "Officer Friendly" educates young people on the following law enforcement related topics:
  • Stranger Danger
  • Home Alone
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Learning address/telephone#, calling 9-1-1
  • Self-Esteem Building
School Safety programs are administered by the "Officer Friendly," beginning with kindergarten. Sessions last up to 30 minutes and are age-appropriate. For example, kindergartners learn about calling 9-1-1 and what to do in case they are lost. In first grade, stranger danger is emphasized.

On some occasions, sessions designed for high school level students are offered to deal with relevant information for students who are in drivers' education programs. State of Illinois laws are reviewed and students are taught to understand that having a driver's license is a privilege.