Citizens Academy

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 has been on hold, but we anticipate offering it in Fall 2023. Information will be posted by August 15, 2023. 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 704-249-0550 or email Program Manager Lauren Orosz. Please allow for 4 - 6 weeks for processing.


Citizens' Academy Core Workshops(Sessions offered at the Training Academy.)
  • 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 ...
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

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 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