ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the fall semester of its Citizens Police Academy.
The academy, offered for free twice a year, gives participants insight into the philosophy, policies, and guiding principles of law enforcement and the ethical conduct governing the APD’s services in the community. The class is designed to give residents an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement, as well as an up-close opportunity to offer insights, ideas and solutions. No law enforcement background is required.
The academy lasts for 11 consecutive weeks, with three-hour classes on Thursdays. The course consists of basic classroom instruction, presentations, and demonstrations on topics such as criminal investigations, constitutional and criminal law, use of force, departmental structure and defensive tactics. Participants will also be able to ride with police officers on patrol.
The final day of the class ends with a graduation ceremony and the awarding of framed certificates. Classes begin Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at the police department. Those wishing to participate must apply and be accepted. For more information on the academy, contact Officer Allen Dunlap at 828-259-5834 or [email protected].