I want to go through the training to become a police officer. Where can I
get information on training? I am a 19 year old female in my 2nd year of
college. Please help!
Most Police Training Academies in Illinois require that you be hired by a police agency before you can be accepted. The police agency then pays for your tuition to the academy. Some training academies will accept students who have not been hired. Here are some contacts for you:
University of Illinois Police Training Institute (217)333-2337
Illinois Law Enforcement Training Board (217) 782-4540
Illinois State Police Recruiting (217) 785-0183
For the most part, the academies accept recruits who are 21 or older, or will be 21 upon completion of the course. Your best course of action at this point may be to take any Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice classes available at your college in the meantime. This may include an Internship program with a Law Enforcement agency in which you could work directly with officers and get a feel for the occupation. Once you will be near 21, start applying at any Police Departments you are interested in. You will get the opportunity to go through the testing process, and if hired, you'll be sent to an academy at no charge to you. Good Luck in your endeavors!