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Ride-Along Program

The Ride-Along Program provides an opportunity for college students to experience Law Enforcement functions firsthand.  Students 18 years of age or older who are interested in the functions of the Effingham Police Department are invited to file a Ride-Along Request/Waiver of Liability with the Department and, upon approval, may ride with one of the uniform officers on patrol.  Students must be enrolled in a criminal justice program through university or college.

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Citizens Police Academy

The Effingham Police Department conducts Citizens Police Academies throughout the year in order to provide those interested with insight into the operations and philosophy of the Department.  The Academy lasts seven weeks and will meet from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. on Wednesday nights.  Please watch the Police Department website as well as social media and local news sources for the next start date.

For more information call 217-347-0771.


Teen Leadership Academy

The Teen Leadership Academy is designed to provide teens with a greater awareness and understanding between our Department and the citizens we serve. The eight week course, held one night a week, will provide insight into the divisions and functions of the department. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in role-playing investigations and meet Officers of the Department. Participants will graduate the course with an understanding of the operations and resources provided by the Effingham Police Department.  For more information call 217-347-0771.

Neighborhood Watch

If your subdivision is planning a Neighborhood Watch or annual trustee meeting and would like to have an officer give a presentation or answer questions, please give us a call at 217-347-0771. We would be more than happy to come out and share crime prevention tips and discuss any crime trends that might be of concern to your area. These meetings allow the Police Department and citizens to work together on neighborhood issues.


Police Explorer

This is a great opportunity for young adults to serve their community and "explore" a career in law enforcement.  The program builds leadership, character, confidence, and discipline.  Candidates must be between the ages of 14 and 21 to apply.  For any questions, please contact a Police Explorer Advisor at 217-347-0774.

Explorer Advisors:

Officer Jacob Lustig

Officer Daniel Dust

Officer Trey Dasenbrock

Explorer Application


Internship Opportunities

The Effingham Police Department has developed an unpaid internship program for students enrolled in criminal justice programs at local universities and colleges. 

Students participating in the internship program are afforded the opportunity to work next to members of the Effingham Police Department.  The Effingham Police Department is interested in motivated and self-directed individuals who are considering a career in the field of law enforcement.

Interns will experience a variety of job duties to include:

  • Uniform Patrol and  K-9 Patrol
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Telecommunicators / 911 Communications
  • Data Entry

If you're interested in participating in the internship program, please contact the Police Chief at 217-342-5331 to see if openings are available.

Internship application process:

  • Internship application
  • Cover letter indicating your area(s) of interest and why you are applying to the Effingham Police Department
  • Interview
  • Background check

Internship Application


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