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The Police Department is accepting applications for the fall session of the Citizens’ Police Academy, which will start Sept. 1.

The Citizens’ Police Academy is designed to foster better understanding between citizens and the Police Department by informing citizens of the administrative philosophy, internal policies and guidelines, and principles of law and ethical conduct that govern the delivery of police services within our community.

The Citizens’ Police Academy curriculum is similar to recruit training for new police officers, with a mix of classroom and scenario/hands-on training on such topics as department functions, search and seizure laws, use of force, firearms training, crime prevention, domestic violence, criminal investigations, vice/narcotics operations and K-9 and special operations. Citizens graduate with a better understanding of police officer training and decision-making, and day-to-day police operations. The classes are not intended to train participants to be police officers.

The Citizens’ Police Academy will meet from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings for 12 weeks. Enrollment is open to any citizen 18 years of age or older who resides, works or attends school in Winston-Salem. Anyone interested in attending the Citizens’ Police Academy may call the Winston-Salem Police Department for an application at 773-7788, or complete an application online.

The class is limited to 30 students. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 12.

The Winston-Salem Police Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.

Police Department web site 

Online application for Citizens' Police Academy


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