Asheville Police accepting applications for fall Citizen’s Policy Academy

The Asheville Police Department invites residents to apply for the fall semester of the Citizen’s Police Academy. This free program gives participants insight into the philosophy and policies that govern the Asheville Police Department’s service to the community.

The class is designed to give residents an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement, as well as an up-close opportunity to offer insights, ideas, and solutions. The course consists of basic classroom instruction, presentations, and demonstrations on topics such as criminal investigations, constitutional and criminal law, use of force, departmental structure, and defensive tactics. Participants will also be able to take part in a ride-along.

The first class will be held on Sept. 3 and continue every Thursday for 14 consecutive weeks. Classes run from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and are held at the Asheville Police Department headquarters, 100 Court Plaza, in downtown Asheville.

Those who wish to participate must apply and be accepted. An application can be downloaded at For additional information on the academy, please contact Officer Keith McCulloch at (828) 259-5834 or at