Asheville Police accepting applications for spring Citizen’s Police Academy

The Asheville Police Department invites Buncombe County residents to apply for the spring semester of the Citizen’s Police Academy. Classes will begin on March 3 and will be held  from 5:30-9 p.m. every Thursday for 14 consecutive weeks.


The Citizens Police Academy is a free course that provides citizens with insight into the philosophies, policies and guiding principles of law enforcement and the ethical conduct governing police services in the community. It gives citizens an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement and an opportunity to offer comments, ideas and solutions.


The course consists of basic classroom instruction, presentations and demonstrations on topics such as criminal investigations, use of force, defensive tactics and departmental structure. Participants will also be able to participate in a ride along with a patrol officer.


Interested participants fill out an online application. Or the application can be emailed, mailed or faxed to:

Citizen’s Police Academy

PO Box 7148

Asheville, NC 28802

Fax: 828-259-5924