Sign up now for Asheville Citizens Police Academy

The Asheville Police Department invites residents to apply for the fall semester of its Citizens Police Academy. This free program gives participants insight into the philosophy and policies that govern the APD’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. Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. September 8 at the police department, 100 Court Plaza. The academy lasts for 14 consecutive weeks, with three-hour classes held on Thursdays. The final day of the class is a graduation ceremony.


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 ride with police officers on patrol.


Those who wish to participate must apply and be accepted. For more information on the academy, contact Officer Keith McCulloch at 259-5834 or


You can download the application at