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Lindenhurst, IL 60046
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Citizens’ Academy 2019

Now accepting applications from June 18 through August 1. Spaces are extremely limited based on the waiting list from the previous session. Classes will run from September 4 − November 13 (skipping the week of Halloween). The majority of classes will be held on Wednesdays each week from 6:30PM to 8:30 PM at Village Hall (2301 E. Sand Lake Road). Other classes may meet in other various locations, but those will be scheduled with the class prior to the session. Class size ranges from 8 - 15 participants. No class will begin with less than eight (8) participants.

Information and applications for the class, including a waiver required for participation, can be found under the “Resident Services” tab at www.lindenhurstil.org. Completed applications and waivers may be dropped off at Village Hall; mailed to Village Administrator Clay Johnson, Village of Lindenhurst, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road, Lindenhurst, IL 60046; or to citizensacademy@lindenhurstil.org.

The purpose of the Village’s Citizens’ Academy Program is to better educate our community on the daily operations of the Village of Lindenhurst. The program is intended to enlighten participants on the various policies and procedures of the Village’s departments through a series of informational workshops. Participants can expect to learn about the Village’s Administration, Police, and Public works Departments. We ultimately hope that this class improves the transparency of Village operations, and engages a new population of Lindenhurst residents into the decision- making processes of their community.

Structure of the Academy
Through a ten (10) week program, Academy participants will learn a wide array of Village operational matters through a classroom setting, interactive activities, and in-the-field tours.  Participants will be instructed by various Village staff on procedures and practices to expose them to the multi-faceted nature of the Village as an organization.  

While it is difficult to keep the vast array of Village matters to a concise format, we hope that through the ten weeks, participants will have a broader understanding of the structure and operations of their government. Participants will be expected to attend workshops once a week for two hours per evening. The Academy will be open to Lindenhurst residents and/or persons who primarily work in the Village over the age of 18.

Academy Classes
The Academy will run from September through November each year. Classes must have no less than eight (8) and no more than fifteen (15) participants. Applications for classes will be accepted between June 1st and August 1st, and applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis after a background check is completed. There is no cost associated with applying or participating in the Academy.  

The majority of classes will be held on Wednesdays each week from 6:30PM to 8:30 PM at Village Hall (2301 E. Sand Lake Road). Other classes may meet in other various locations, but those will be scheduled with the class prior to the session.

Applications for the class and a waiver required for participation, are included in this packet of materials. Completed applications and waivers may be dropped off at Village Hall, mailed to Village Administrator Clay Johnson, Village of Lindenhurst, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road, Lindenhurst, IL 60046; or to citizensacademy@lindenhurstil.org.

Academy Content
The format and content of the Academy are always subject to change, but in general the

syllabus of the Academy is as follows:

Session/Topic
Week One - Welcome & Introductions/Overview/Administration
Week Two - Police Department (PD) Overview & Introductions
Week Three - Public Works (PW) Overview & Wastewater Treatment Facility Tour
Week Four - PD - Patrol Operations
Week Five - PW - Water Collection System and Distribution
Week Six - PD - Crime Scene Investigations
Week Seven - PW - Street Maintenance 
Week Eight - PD - Use of Force Scenarios
Week Nine - PD - Drug Prevention
Week Ten - Feedback & Graduation

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