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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Charlotte-Mecklenburg ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Citizens' Academy Program

​The Spring 2020 program is scheduled to begin on April 7, 2020 and runs through May 12, 2020 with graduation on May 26, 2020. 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 - 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 2020 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 Spring 2020​ Schedule​​​
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 2020 program is also suspended indefinitely until further notice.

Citizens' Academy Core Workshops(Sessions offered at the Training Academy.​)
  • Welcome & Program Overview, Department Mission & Structure, Tour of Training Academy April 7, 2020​
  • Constitutional Law, Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure April 14, 2020
  • Response to Resistance / Defensive Tactics April 21, 2020
  • Firearms Training, Firearms Training System April 28, 2020
  • Traffic Stops, Police Driving May 5, 2020
  • Activity Day, SWAT, Bike Patrol, K9, Helicopter, AC&C, Lake Enforcement, Bomb Squad and Volunteer Unit May 9, 2020
  • Crime Scene Search, Crime Lab, Communications - 911 May 12, 2020
Online Sessions(Sessions offered as online courses to take at your leisure.)
  • 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)
Citizens' Academy Elective Activities(one elective is required)
  • Community Meeting
  • Patrol Ride-Along

Spring 2020 Citizens' Academy Graduation (6:30PM - 8:30PM)May 26​​, 2020​

​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

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Congratulations to our Fall 2019 ​graduates of the Citizens' Academy Program.
2019 Citizens Academy Fall Graduates
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.
2019 Citizens Academy Spring Graduates
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.
2018 Citizens Academy Fall Graduates
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.
2018 Citizens Academy Spring 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

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

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

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

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

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