Citizen's Police Academy

Enroll Now for the Spring 2019 Citizen Police Academy

Rantoul residents interested in getting an inside look at how local law enforcement works are invited to participate in the Champaign County Citizen Police Academy.

The academy, which meets Thursday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for 10 weeks beginning April 4th, 2019. It will cover crime prevention, community based policing, drugs, gangs, DUI enforcement, citizen-police contacts, use of force, firearms orientation, crime scene investigation, a tour of the Champaign County Jail, and a patrol ride-along with your local department. The meetings are held at the Police Training Institute located at 1004 S. Fourth Street, Champaign, and other local sites.

Starting its 32th session, the academy strives to help local residents better understand police work. In addition, the police agencies involved in the academy seek feedback from participants about law-enforcement issues.

For more information or to enroll in the program, contact Chief Brown at 893-5605 or email at

Community Night Out

Community Night Out is an annual event held on the third Wednesday in September. On this day, the Village encourages its residents to come together in their neighborhood to socialize with each other and representatives of Village offices.

​ In 2017, we had Eagle’s View Retirement Community, Twin Lakes Senior Villas, Hope Meadows, Golfview Village Apartments, Twin Lakes Condo Association, and the Concerned Citizens of Rantoul host events. Their events ranged from a small get together of neighbors talking with each other to full scale parties with DJs, bounce houses and even a pie eating contest!

​The Rantoul Police Department and the Rantoul Fire Department have been active participants in Community Night Out since its inception several years ago and look forward to working with the community each year to enjoy each neighborhood’s festivities.

Medicine collection program available to Rantoul residents

Rantoul residents have an opportunity to safely dispose of their unwanted or expired medications Monday through Friday from 7am-5pm. The Police Department collects and properly disposes of pharmaceuticals to help reduce accidental poisonings of children and pets, prevent drug diversion and abuse, and limit environmental impacts.

Residents may drop off their medications in the collection box in the lobby of the Rantoul Police Department.

The program accepts prescription and over-the-counter medicines, liquid medication in leak-proof containers and veterinary pharmaceuticals. The program will not accept illicit drugs, syringes, needles, thermometers, or bloody and infectious waste.

Any drugs that are collected are incinerated, which is the environmentally preferred disposal method.

For more information about the program call the Police Department at: 217-893-2103.