Community Police Academy


The Chapel Hill Police Department takes pride in its delivery of excellent police services to our community. Our Community Police Academy gives participants a chance to see how we train for and respond to calls for service in Chapel Hill. The Community Police Academy is an action-packed 3-day event providing community members with an “inside look” at how their police department functions. The Academy is designed to increase understanding and awareness of the role of the Chapel Hill Police Department and the true life of a police officer through “hands-on” activities and engaging discussions.

Some of the activities participants will experience include:

  • Exercises simulating real police scenarios
  • Officer equipment demonstrations
  • Arrest procedures
  • Use of Force discussions
  • Social/Mental Health Issues
  • Citizen Complaints/Internal Affairs
  • Police Canine (K9) Program demonstrations
  • Investigations
  • Special Emergency Response Capabilities

The Community Police Academy will meet on the evenings of April 9th and 10th and the afternoon of April 12th. Half of the participants will attend the April 9th session while the other half attend the April 10th session.  All participants will attend the April 12th session.  The following is a tentative class schedule:

April 9th and 10th, 6:00PM - 9:30PM
Topics Covered: Simulator exercises, equipment demonstrations, arrest procedures, investigations, etc.

April 12th
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Topics Covered: Citizen complaints, K9 demonstrations, police pursuits discussion, Special Emergency Response capabilities, social/mental health services,  etc.

The Community Police Academy is open to anyone who meets the following minimum requirements*:

  • Applicants must be 16 years of age by the first day of class. (Applicants under the age of 18 require parental consent)

    *Applicants will undergo a background check. Successful completion of the Community Police Academy does not certify participants as police officers or give them police powers.

If you are interested in attending the Community Police Academy scheduled to begin on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, please complete an online application using the link below by Monday, March 17, 2014 before 5:00 PM.


If you are unable to complete the application online, you may print the application using the link below and mail the completed application to:

Attn: Marie James
Chapel Hill Police Department
828 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Applicants will be notified via email or postal mail of their acceptance into the academy.

Thank you for your interest in the Chapel Hill Police Department and our Community Police Academy.

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