Citizen’s Police Academy

Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, certain training may be modified in scope and format so it is practical and safe to accomplish.

The goal of the Citizen’s Police Academy is to give members of the NC State University community the opportunity to get to know members of the police department, gain a better understanding of law enforcement practices, and see how police officers interact with the community.

Those accepted into the Citizen’s Police Academy will participate in classes and activities that will allow them to learn about the following subject areas:

  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Domestic Violence Investigations
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Firearms Familiarization
  • Crime Prevention
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Emergency Communications

The academy includes practical exercises that give the student the chance to perform traffic stops, take action to stop a heated domestic dispute, and fire real guns carried by the Officers of the NCSU Police Department in a controlled environment.

The academy is free, but class size is limited.

The Citizen’s Police Academy is currently a Spring Semester event. Details on the latest Citizen’s Police Academy will be posted below.

2021 Citizen’s Police Academy


2021 Citizen’s Police Academy Registration

Dates: February 17th, 2021 – April 14, 2021 (Every Wednesday, excluding March 24, 2021)

Times: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Locations: NCSU Police Department & Wake County Firearms Education & Training Center


  • Must be 18 years of Age.
  • Must be a member of the NCSU Community (Student, Faculty, Staff, Corporate Partner, On-Campus Non-Affiliated Resident, etc).
  • Must be willing to submit to a background check (Note: NC State University Police will conduct a criminal background check on each applicant as part of the Citizen’s Police Academy application process. Serious or extensive criminal histories will be considered a disqualifier for program participation. Due to handling of firearms, applicants who are prohibited by law from possessing firearms will not be accepted).
  • Must be willing to commit to most of the 8 training days (Note: The Firearms Training portion of the Academy will be divided into two dates. Both dates are mandatory if you wish to participate at the Firing Range). Preference may be given to applicants who can attend all 8 training days.
  • Must be willing to answer COVID19 questionnaire prior to each in-person session.
  • Must be willing to wear a mask at all times during sessions which require in-person participation when social distancing guidelines cannot be maintained.

If you meet the above requirements and wish to apply, please complete the online registration form linked below. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2021 at 5pm.

2021 Citizen’s Police Academy Registration

If you have any questions, you may contact the Crime Prevention Unit at or 919-515-5963.