At this time, with the evolving public health concern with COVID-19 and to follow the social distancing recommendations, CMPD will suspend accepting Citizens’ Academy registrations at this time. Additionally, our spring 2021 program is also suspended indefinitely until further notice. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation for consideration of a Fall 2021 class.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Citizens' Academy Program
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 - April) 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 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
Please allow for 4 - 6 weeks for processing.Citizens' Academy Core Workshops(Sessions offered at the Training Academy.)
Online Sessions(Sessions offered as online courses to take at your leisure.)
- Welcome & Program Overview, Department Mission & Structure, Tour of Training Academy
- Constitutional Law, Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure
- Response to Resistance / Defensive Tactics
- Firearms Training, Firearms Training System
- Traffic Stops, Police Driving
- Activity Day, SWAT, Bike Patrol, K9, Helicopter, AC&C, Lake Enforcement, Bomb Squad and Volunteer Unit
- Crime Scene Search, Crime Lab, Communications - 911
Citizens' Academy Elective Activities(one elective is required)
- CMPD History, Police Officer Recruitment & Selection, and Police Officer Recruit & In-service Training
- Internal Affairs and Crime Prevention
- Traffic Enforcement and Body Worn Camera
- Criminal Investigations and Gang Unit
- Police Records, Crime Reporting, Property Control
- Community Policing - Philosophy and Use of Crime Analysis
- Community Engagement (CMPD YouTube Channel)
- Community Meeting
- Patrol Ride-Along
Citizens' Academy Graduation
(6:30PM - 8:30PM)... to be determined
If you are interested in applying to become a police officer, please do not complete the forms on this page
. Please contact our
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
1770 Shopton Road
Charlotte, NC 28217
Recruitment Main Line: 704-432-1603
Fax number: 704-432-1625
Congratulations to our Fall 2019 graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
Michelle Alfano, Robert Ashcraft, Danielle Bryant, Harold Busch, Brittenay Causieestko-Lee, Linda Deane, Felisa Flowers, Jewel Hayden, Grant Jones, Kimberly Kennedy, Michael Koss, Harriett Mendinghall, Martin Miller, Janet Mullins, Ivory Patten, Eileen Paul, Eduardo Rivera, Daniel Rummage, Robert Rummage, Nakia Savage, Te'Keyha Smith-Lewis, Ray Thompson, Faith Watson, Erika Williams
Congratulations to our Spring 2019 graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
Ahmad Alhajjeh, Carmen Allen, Sean Allen, Carlos Avila, Kelly Bethea, Melvin Bowie, Myles Bowie, Erika Cipres, Sasha Fain, Jennis Farquharson, Linda Fazel, Robert (Blake) Gibb, Rebecca Hines, Modupe Irerua, Denise Jackson, Leah Massey, Shirley Annette Metcalf, Elyas Mohammed, Gregory Payette, Allen Poindexter, Beth Reichert, Joel Ritchie, Steven Slattery, Ryon Smalls, Verdetta Turner, and Cristina Villacorta
Congratulations to our Fall 2018 graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
Connie Cirulis, Steven Cooke, Mary Susan Cox, Sharon Davis, Patrice L. Funderburg, Douglas R. Ghidina, Tami H. Griffith, Robert L. Keene, LaToya Kelley, Christine McCluskey, Jessica Montana, Donald Million, Julie Ohlhaut, Darren Price, Luke Schulz, Kevin Lamar Scott, Natalie A. Scott, Christine G. Sullivan, John B. Watkins and Monica Watson
Congratulations to our Spring 2018 graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
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
Congratulations to our Fall 2017 graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
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
Congratulations to our 2017 graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
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
Congratulations to our 2016 graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
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
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
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. Sanders, 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.
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.
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
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