Peer Jury Program
The Wheaton Police Department is currently seeking applicants between the ages of 14 and 18 years old to serve on a peer jury panel. Applicants must be a Wheaton Resident or attend school in Wheaton.
The Peer Jury Program is a voluntary alternative to the traditional justice system for youthful, first-time offenders. The goal is to instill accountability and responsibility in the juvenile offenders and deter them from committing further violations through meaningful consequences and a learning experience.
The juvenile will be referred to the peer jury by an arresting officer and will be accompanied by a parent or guardian through all steps of the process. They must admit guilt and take responsibility for their actions. They will participate in a formal courtroom hearing, facilitated by the peer jury panel, that takes place in the Wheaton Council Chambers, located at 303 W. Wesley Ave. Successful completion of the program keeps the juvenile out of the Juvenile Court system and avoids a conviction on their record.
This is an excellent opportunity for young people to get involved in their community, to see firsthand how poor decisions can lead to serious consequences, and to make a positive impact on their peers, all while building strong life experiences and gaining community service hours for college. The peer jury meets one evening per month.
We would love for you to join the Wheaton Police Department Peer Jury Program!
Please complete all three forms of the Peer Juror Packet listed below. Completed packets should be emailed to Lieutenant Patti Potter at firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the Wheaton Police Department, 900 W. Liberty Drive.
The Peer Juror Application Deadline is December 15, 2023.
Peer Juror Packet: