Citizen's Academy

The Swansea Police Department holds their six week citizen's academy annually. In order to participate, one must live or work within the village. 
 All participants receive information on personal protection, home protection, drug education, scenario/video based tactical decision making, crime scene processing, traffic stops, officer involved shootings, special response team (SRT) demonstration, K-9 demonstration, speeches from St. Clair County State's Attorney and the United States Attorney, live Taser demonstration, and citizen ride alongs with patrol officers.

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October 10th, 2023 to November 7th, 2023

Tuesday Nights from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, except for Halloween week will be Wednesday (5 sessions)


The role of Police has always been an interest to the average Citizen. The television media has capitalized upon this curiosity with shows such as “Cops”, “America’s Most Wanted”, and “Stories of the Highway Patrol”. Each week, real police action is broadcast into the living rooms of millions of Americans. Citizens and Police Agencies can benefit from the curiosity that citizens have about the Police by forming Citizen Police Academy programs that create an expansion of their community based efforts. The program is designed to educate citizens what their Swansea Police Department does. The critical elements include drug education, patrol techniques, crime scene, law enforcement technology, ride along and community involvement.


  1. 21 years of age or older
  2. Possess a Valid Driver's License
  3. Pass a criminal background check (example: no felonies, no domestic batteries)
  4. Live or Work in the Village Sign a liability waiver/release


Email – or call 618-234-4110 (ask for Ashley) Limit: 20 people


$35.00 (donated to the 2024 Swansea Police & Fire Youth Academy)

Swansea Police Department

Chief Matthew T. Blomberg

1400 North Illinois Street Swansea, IL 62226