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​The fall 2018 program is scheduled to begin on September 4, 2018 and runs through December 11, 2018 with graduation on January 8, 2019. The sessions are held online and at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) Training Academy. The sessions held at the Training Academy, located at 1770 Shopton Road in Charlotte, are on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There is also one Saturday morning session of demonstrations with our Special Operation Units, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

​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. 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 2018 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 704-432-1636 or email Officer Shaun Ward​.

Citizens' Academy Fall 2018 Schedule

Core Workshops(Sessions offered as online courses to take at your leisure.)
  • CMPD History, Mission and Organization September 4, 2018​
  • Police Officer Selection and Training September 11, 2018​
  • Internal Affairs and Officer Use of Force September 25, 2018​
  • Crime Prevention and Use of Crime Analysis October 2, 2018
  • Traffic Enforcement and Body Worn Camera October 9, 2018
  • Criminal Investigations and Gangs December 4, 2018
Citizens' Academy Only Practical Activities(Sessions offered at the Training Academy.​)
  • Constitutional Law, Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure September 18, 2018​
  • Traffic StopsOctober 16, 2018
  • Activity Day (date is tentive and subject to change)October 20, 2018
  • Police Driving October 23, 2018
  • Firearms Training October 30, 2018
  • Police Records, Crime Reporting, 911 Communications November 6, 2018
  • Crime Scene Search, Property Control, Crime Lab November 13, 2018
  • Use of Force and Defensive Tactics November 27, 2018
  • Community Policing and Panel December 11, 2018
Citizens' Academy Elective Activities
  • Community Meeting - Activity
  • Patrol Ride-Along - Activity

Fall 2018 Citizens' Academy Graduation (6:30PM - 8:30PM)January 8​, 2019​


​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​:
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
    Recruitment Unit
    1770 Shopton Road
    Charlotte, NC 28217

    Recruitment Main Line: 704-432-1603
    Fax number: 704-432-1625




How to Apply for and complete the Citizens' Academy​
Registration for the Fall 2018 Sessions is now closed.​ Registration for the Spring 2019 sessions will open in January 2019. 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.
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Congratulations to our Spring 2018 ​graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
2017 Citizens Academy Fall Graduates
Esmeralda Aguilera, Brittany Biglari, Terry Bowser, Lindsay Brown, Domna Colepaugh, Tina Earl, Alex Farmer, Sherrill Foust, Mary Funderburk, Leon Golynsky, Tonya Jameson, Diana Kelly, Rodney LeRoy, Thomas Minneman, Arun Nair, Diana Parra-Gonzalez, Chris Ray, Brenda Reuter, Michelle Ridgley, La Becky Roe, Jonathan Sadler, Mary Sallaz, Samuel Smith Jr., John Tartt, David Tobin, Justin Van Cleave, and William Walker, MD
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Congratulations to our Fall 2017 graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
2017 Citizens Academy Fall Graduates
David Brown, Mary Chappell-Isom, Kyle Clements, Gary Crump, Lawrence (Kenton) Dunn, Ryan Emmanuel, Evelyn Graczyk-Holt, Kenneth Holt, Paris Hopkins, Theresa (Terri) Marascio, Susan Marcus, Jack McGahey, Patricia Munn, Joseph Raines, Mabel Robinson, Gregory Scoggins, Sterling Scott, Jeffrey Simpson, Sa’idah Sudan, Elizabeth Swann, and Victoria ​Watlington
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Congratulations to our 2017 graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
2017 Citizens Academy Graduates
Toye Allen, Irena Barnes, Linda Barnes, Faye Barnette-Shell, Ellsworth Best, Gregory Bonar, Tamara Butler, Janira Cho, Kherri Clements, Pamela Cosper, Jonathan DuBose, Melanie Dunston, Winston Earle, George Fitts, Mary Gail Freeman, Rusty Gabrielson, Shirley Hines, Pamela Jenkins, Christopher Jones, Alexis Kondratyk, Stephanie Leighton, Derrick Love, Christina Manos, Betty Marlin, Violent McCullough, Stuart Owen, Terrence Owens, Beejal Patel, Bhavana Patel, Charles Peeples, Sait Perez, Terry Pittman, Melissa Polce, (Nancy) Kenna Powell, John Powell Jr., Tysha Pressley, Leroy Reaves-Bey, Jeana Reynolds, Fredy Romero (Sanchez), Benjamin Schipman, Ilona Silva-Alvarez, Amina Tillett, ChrisJon Smith, and Donald Tarney
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Congratulations to our 2016 graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
2016 Citizens Academy Graduates
​​Valerie Amidon, Jodie Anderson, Peggy Anderson, Nathanael Andrico, John Baggarley, Tom E. Bowers, Kamiyla Chanah-bey, Bruce Clark, Jr., Sarah Clawson, Imani Clenance, Robbie Colson, Wanda Colson, Glenn M. Cusick, Airren R. Dabney, Sandra L. Dickerson, Janet Driskell, Jane S. Duncan, Danielle Edwards, Lori M. Gossett, Geoffrey Greenhill, Vickie E. Grier, Angela A. Harrington, Lorraine Hawkins, Timitra Hildebrand, Dawnielle E. Jackson, Daryl Johnson, Kathryn Johnson, Victor R. Johnson, Cherie Jzar, Rona Courtnaye Keeton, David Kern, Martis King, Arthur J. Lange, Zohar Lazo, Noelle LeBlanc, Tonia C. Linder, John Martin, Kristin W. McCabe, Robert F. McCoy, Lesley McKendrick, Rachael Miller, J. Heather Mitchell, David R. Morris, Joel H. Nachman, David B. Nicholson, Rhonda Peeler, Damien Pettitt, Eddie Robertson, Tarrence C. Robertson, Jr., Mary Rodriguez, Candyce Sellars, Ritesh Shrivastava, Hunter E. Slaton, Jr., Pamela P. Smith, Muhammad Taimur Tareen, Brian Tate, Judy Taylor, Thomas Templeton, Raquel Tillman, Alice Torres, Thomas M. Townsend, Kenneth Tristal, Judy Hoover Turner, Christine Wadas Hall, Jeffery S. Wilbanks, Bruce Carl Woodward, Tammy Wrobleski, and David Young
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Congratulations to our 2015 graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
2015 Citizens Academy Graduates
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



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



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



Congratulations to our 2012 graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
2012 Citizens Academy Graduates
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
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Congratulations to our 2011 graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
2011 graduates of the 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



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