Sign-up begins for APD Citizens Police Academy

The Asheville Police Department is inviting residents to sign up for the upcoming Citizens Police Academy, an 11-week course where attendees learn about the inner workings of the APD and the rules that govern it.

According to the official release from the APD: “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.” Those who attend the classes—three hours every Thursday—will also have the opportunity to ride along with APD officers on patrol.

Sign-up ends March 2, and the classes begin March 5.

The full release is below.

— David Forbes, staff writer

It’s time to sign up for the APD’s Citizens Police Academy
ASHEVILLE – The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the spring semester of its Citizens Police Academy.
This free program gives participants insight into the philosophy and policies that govern the APD’s service to 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.
The academy lasts for 11 consecutive weeks, with three-hour classes held 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.
Classes begin March 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the police department. Those wishing to participate must apply and be accepted.
The signup deadline is March 2.
For more information on the academy, contact Officer Allen Dunlap at 259-5834 or adunlap@ashevillenc.gov.
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