Thursdays from April 4 to June 27

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Officer Claudia Morgan, Coordinator
Phone: 336-408-8126

Frequently Asked Questions

The Citizen's Police Academy is free of charge.

Citizen's Police Academy

725 N. Cherry Street, Winston-Salem NC 27101 or 1200 N. Patterson Ave. Winston-Salem, NC 27102

Minimum Requirements:

  • Open to applicants at least 18 years of age
  • Must reside, work or attend school in Forsyth County.
  • Be able to make a commitment to the 13-week course. Those who attend 10 of the 13 sessions will be awarded a certificate of completion.
  • A criminal history check will be conducted on each applicant. Applicants with felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions within past year, or a history of suspected criminal activity, arrests or convictions will not be considered.
  • Accepted applicants are expected to wear appropriate casual attire to academy events, and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
  • Accepted applicants will be issued identification badges that must be worn during all academy activities.
  • Application review and acceptance may take several weeks. Deadline for application return was March 12, 2019.
  • Acceptance into the program is at the sole discretion of the agency and is designed to serve the best interests of the agency.


The Citizen's Police Academy offers citizens insights into how police officers perform their duties and how the department as a whole serves the community. The overall goal of the Academy is to improve police and community interaction. For this reason, the Winston-Salem Police Department has sponsored a Citizen's Police Academy since the fall of 2000.


The ultimate goal of the Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) is to educate the citizens of Winston-Salem about the operation of their police department while obtaining valuable feedback from those citizens.

Sessions include instruction in:
Violent Crimes Task Force
Police Communications and Technical Services
Constitutional Law
Canine Operations
Subject Control / Use of Force
Crime Prevention
Major Crime Scene Investigation (practical)
Crime Analysis
F.A.T.S. (Firearms Training Simulator)
Patrol Ride-a-Long
Professional Standards
Criminal Investigation
Vice & Narcotics
Juvenile Law
Evidence Management
Special Enforcement Team Demonstration
And more!

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