Sign up for the Citizen’s Police Academy

The Citizen’s Police Academy is a free course that teaches citizens about 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. Citizens also have the opportunity to offer comments, ideas, and solutions.

The Academy is held twice a year (Fall/Spring) on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for fourteen consecutive weeks. The course consists of basic classroom, demonstrations, and presentations on topics such as criminal investigation, use of force, departmental structure, specialty units, and defensive tactics. Course participants are also given the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer.

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


Asheville Police Department
Crime Prevention Unit