To address the special needs of the Senior Citizen Community, the Fairview Heights Police Department established a Senior Citizens Academy in the fall of 1993. This academy is a crime prevention/information program that is open to individuals 55 years of age or older.
The Academy is held during September and October and runs for six consecutive Thursday afternoons. Each weekly session begins at 1:00 p.m. and runs for two and a half hours. Each session consists of a one-hour block of instruction, followed by a half-hour snack break/social time where refreshments are served, followed by a second one-hour block of instruction.
A variety of topics are covered, with one main goal: to provide information that enhances the lives of the Senior Citizens who attend. The topics covered this year included Personal Safety, Identity Theft and Scams, K-9 Demonstration, ILEAS Demonstration, Crime Reports, Estate Planning, Services for Seniors, Crime Free Multi-Housing, Calling 911 in an Emergency, and a tour of the Police Department.