Sign up for the Citizen’s Police Academy

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The Asheville Police Department invites residents to apply for the Spring 2020 semester of the Citizens Police Academy (CPA). This free course teaches participants about the philosophies, policies, and guiding principles of law enforcement and the ethical conduct governing police services in the community. Participants will also be given time to offer comments, ideas, and solutions.


The course consists of basic classroom instruction, presentations, and demonstrations of topics such as criminal investigations, constitutional and criminal law, use of force, departmental structure, and defensive tactics. Participants will also be given the opportunity to ride along with an officer and participate in simulated weapons training.

Those wishing to participate must apply and be accepted. Applications are being accepted now and may be completed online.

Please Note: Citizen’s Police Academy programming is currently on hold. For more information, please contact APD’s Community Unit.

How to apply


To apply please fill out the online application or print a copy and mail or fax it to:


City of Asheville Police Department – Citizens Police Academy
PO Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802

Fax: 828-259-5924


Contact Information


Asheville Police Department – Community Unit


Updated 11/05/2021