Citizens' Police Academy

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Officer Claudia Morgan, Coordinator
Phone: (336) 408-8126
Email: cmorgan@wspd.org

Online Application - Apply Here

Frequently Asked Questions


The Citizen's Police Academy is free of charge.

Citizen's Police Academy

When: Classes meet Thursday nights from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., for 13 weeks, beginning April 16, 2015.

Where: Public Safety Center or Alexander R. Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center 

725 N. Cherry Street, Winston-Salem NC 27101 or 1200 N. Patterson Ave. Winston-Salem, NC 27102

Requirements:

  • Open to applicants at least 18 years of age
  • Must reside, work, or attend school in Forsyth County.
  • Be able to make a commitment to the 13-week course. Those who attend 10 of the 13 sessions will be awarded a certificate of completion.
  • A criminal history check will be conducted on each applicant. Applicants with felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions within past year, or a history of suspected criminal activity, arrests or convictions will not be considered.
  • Accepted applicants are expected to wear appropriate casual attire to academy events, and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
  • Accepted applicants will be issued identification badges that must be worn during all academy activities.
  • Application review and acceptance may take several weeks. Deadline for application return is March 30, 2015.

Benefits:

The Citizen’s Police Academy offers citizens insights into how police officers perform their duties and how the department as a whole serves the community. The overall goal of the Academy is to improve police and community interaction. For this reason, the Winston-Salem Police Department has sponsored a Citizen’s Police Academy since the fall of 2000.

Mission:

The ultimate goal of the Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is to educate the citizens of Winston-Salem about the operation of their police department while obtaining valuable feedback from those citizens.

Curriculum
Sessions include instruction in:
Violent Crimes Task Force
Police Communications and Technical Services
Constitutional Law
Canine Operations
Subject Control / Use of Force
Crime Prevention
Major Crime Scene Investigation (practical)
Crime Analysis
F.A.T.S. (Firearms Training Simulator)
Patrol Ride-a-Long
Professional Standards
Recruiting/Training
Criminal Investigation
Vice & Narcotics
Juvenile Law
Evidence Management
Special Enforcement Team Demonstration
And more!

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