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Citizens Academy


We are at capacity for the Spring 2016 program, but are accepting applications for our
​Fall program which will begin in September.​

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Training Academy is pleased to provide those who live and work in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community an opportunity to learn more about the CMPD and our services to the community. Citizens can learn firsthand about police operations through a series of lectures, simulated activities, practical sessions and tours.

Our Citizens Academy program is held twice a year in the spring (March - June) and again in the fall (September-December). The majority of the sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Police Training Academy which is located on Shopton Road. Many of the workshops offered are classified as Community Education. Citizens are invited to participate in as many of the Community Education Workshops as they desire based on their interest and availability. The practical sessions offered are for citizens who have applied for and have been accepted as Citizens Academy participants.

We are looking forward to the 2016 workshops as a year of opportunities for citizens to have a better understanding of our mission and services to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community. The Citizens Academy program helps us at the CMPD build community relationships and create a cadre of citizens who are better informed about police work and our services to the community. Please do not hesitate to contact us at the Training Academy should you have any questions.​ For further information about the program please call 704-432-1655 or email
Citizens Academy Spring​ 2016 Schedule
Core Workshops(These are also Community Education Workshops)
​• CMPD History, Mission and Organization March 8, 2016​
​• Police Officer Selection and TrainingMarch 15, 2016
​• Constitutional Law, Laws of Arrest, Search and SeizureMarch 22, 2016
​• Internal Affairs and Officer Use of ForceMarch 29, 2016
​• Crime Prevention and Use of Crime AnalysisApril 5, 2016
​• Traffic EnforcementApril 12, 2016​
​• Criminal Investigations and GangsJune 7, 2016
​• Community Policing and PanelJune 14, 2016

Citizens Academy Only Practical Activities 
• Traffic StopsApril 19, 2016
• Defensive TacticsApril 26, 2016
• Police Records, Crime Reporting, Communications-911May 3, 2016
• Crime Scene Search, Property Control, Crime LabMay 10, 2016
• Police DrivingMay 17, 2016
• Activity Day (date is tentative and subject to change)May 21, 2016
• FirearmsMay 24, 2016

Citizens Academy Elective Activities 
• Community Meeting
• Patrol Ride-Along

Annual GraduationJune 21, 2016

If you are interested in applying to become a police officer, please do not complete the forms on this page. Please contact our Recruiting Offices.

  How to Apply for and complete the Citizen’s Academy​
Citizens who wish to apply for participation in the 15 week Citizens Academy Program will need to complete an ​application form. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and will be subject to a general background check that will be reviewed by department personnel.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and if space is available, participants can begin the program at any time. Citizens Academy participants must complete all of the Citizens Academy core workshops, practical activities and one elective activity within a two-year time period from the first session attended in order to graduate.   
How to Register for Community Education Workshops
For citizens who are unable to participate in the 15 week Citizens Academy program we offer attending one or more of our Core Workshops​ by completing an online registration form. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to register and attend and will be subject to a general background check.

​Registrations are required and are accepted up to two weeks prior to the beginning of the workshop. If the workshop is full you will be placed on a waiting list. If space becomes available you will be sent a notification to confirm your attendance. 
Location of Guidebook
A guidebook of workshop details can be accessed from this link.  It will be updated periodically as new workshop topics and dates are added to the program.

Congratulations to our 2015 graduates of the Citizens Academy Program.
Inetta Bell, Marcos Bilbao, Chauncey Bowers, Earl Carver, Deborah Chandler, Jonelle Duncan, Evelyn Fischer, Ralph Fischer, Antonio Gaither, Nancy Hightower, Carolyn Hinkle, Mark Jensen, Elijah Johnson, Rosalie Kirkley, Diane Langevin, Mary Lu Leatherman, Patrick Leonard, Yingying Lin, Bouphakanh Louangsaysongkham, Tony McCain, Kim McKoy, Mohamed Moustafa, James Oldham, David Rochester, Diana Rochester, Charlene Shipman, Hunter Smith, Patricia Stasio, Deborah Stevenson, Barbara Votik, Carl Votik, Deborah Walker, James Willoughby, Susan Wilson, and Nicholas Wind-McJetters

2015 Citizens Academy Graduates


Congratulations to our 2014 graduates of the Citizens Academy Program.

Crimson Anderson, Angel Bullock, Marcus P. Byrd, Susana Cisneros, Tracy L. Cox, Randy D'Agostino, Clarence S. Darnell, Candace L. Dumont, Laura Edington, Dawn Harris, M.A. Tony Hayes, Cindy J. Hazen, James L. Helms III, David J. Heuvelmans, Jennifer Jackson, Ernest Jones Jr., Rebecca Jordan, Ken Kilpatrick, Theodore Kramer III, Shamika Lawrence, Mayra Lozano, Sandra Petralia Lutz, Byron R. Martinez, Latavia D. McClain, Alice Carol McLaughlin, Charlotte M. Peterkin, Leigh Tallman Peters, Angela Pierce, Bernardo Pina, Ann Radford, Gail M. San​ders, Kush R. Shah, Timothy Shelton, David E. Smith, Jr., Thomas Lee Sowers, David J. Spinks, Dorian R. Taft, Gregorio A. Welch, Charles K. Whittington Jr., Trina Renea Young, and Melisa Ann Young

2014 Citizens Academy Graduates
Congratulations to our 2013 graduates of the Citizens Academy Program.

Tara Beverly, Brett Capuana, Christopher Cherry, Alexander Davila, Valerie Davis, Sandra Donaghy, Larken Egleston, Philip Terence Elmore, Sarita Favers, Lindsey Harris, Phyllis Howard, Tamara Hunter, January Kirkpatrick, Gregory Koll, Janet Lama, JoAnn Lyon, Denise Mazey, Hadley Nobles, Glenda Perry, Robert Riefe, Robert Rose, William Schreiner, Garet Smith, Darin Smith, Rhonda Taylor, Richard Thaxton, James Thompson, Chris Tompkins, and David Watts

2013 Citizens Academy Graduates
Congratulations to our 2012 graduates of the Citizens Academy Program.

Patricia Albritton, Martha Alcantar, Jaye Maxx Alexander II, Kathy Apperson, Gaye H. Burns, Yvette Burwell, Kathryn Conwell, Bradley Couturier, Christopher S. Davidson, Dee L. Davis, Willie A. Dawson, Marvetta Edwards, Teresa Gitomer, Muhammad Hardy, Kyle Cody Jamison, Dennis K. Lee, Unithia McGruder, Sonnie McRae, Sharon Merritt, Ciara Celeste Miller, Karen Payton, David Penny, Jose Quevedo, Kenneth Rance, MaElsa Rivera, Joe S. Simpkins, Carmen Potter Smith, Brent Stine, Stephen F. Vaughan, Diamond Weems and Mark Williams

2012 Citizens Academy Graduates
Congratulations to our 2011 graduates of the Citizens Academy Program.
Jennifer Adams, James Barnes, Henry Black, Linda Davis, Antoinette DeLuca, Robert DeLuca, Christopher Falkowski, Trevor Fuller, Theresa Halsey, Robbie Harrison, Brenda Lusk, Amy Martin, Aspen Nairn, Ralph Percival, Lawrence Peschel, Carrie Roberts, Eugene Silverman, Susie Spivey, Brigit Taylor, James White, David Wiggins and Cynthia Williams