The High Point Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy is a 13-week program designed to enhance community relationships by familiarizing academy participants with the High Point Police Department, its policies, people, training and practices. The intent of the academy is not to train community members to become police officers, but to show participants firsthand the daily responsibilities and expectations of the members of our department. The High Point Police Department holds academy's twice a year:
Spring session – begins in January and ends in April
Fall session – begins in August and ends in December
The Citizens Academy will consist of thirteen class sessions. Classes are held at the High Point Police Department on Monday nights from 7PM-10PM. Class attendees are a mix of permanent High Point community members and High Point University Students. Academy participants learn about the High Point Police Department’s innovative crime-fighting strategies, our community involvement, the daily duties of an officer, insight into specialized units, and the legal and constitutional guidelines police officers must follow in the performance of their duties.
Academy sessions are a blend of traditional classroom time, demonstration, and safe student participated in scenario-based training exercises. Examples are a departmental overview, death investigations, use of force tactics, canine program, building searches, traffic stops, and more. Students will also have the opportunity to attend a Tactical Team demonstration on a Saturday, and to ride-a-long with a patrol officer during a regular patrol shift.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the High Point Police Department, its programs, and get to personally know the officers that keep your community safe.
Requirements to attend the High Point Police Department Citizens Academy:
- Must be at least eighteen (18) year's of age
- Must live or work within the City of High Point
- No recent felony convictions
- No pending cases such as affray, domestic violence, DWI, drug possession (serious misdemeanors)
- Applicant must submit a completed application
- Applicant must undergo a background investigation to include a criminal history check (past convictions will be evaluated based on the severity of time and elapsed time).
If you are interested in joining the High Point Police Departments Citizen Academy please fill out the Citizen's Academy Application (PDF) and return it to the High Point Police Department at 1009 Leonard Avenue. You may also download and save your completed application and email it to PDCHEEKS@HIGHPOINTNC.GOV.
Interested persons are encouraged to start the application process as soon as possible.
For more information, please contact the Support Services Captain at (336) 887-7936 or the Community Engagement Lieutenant at 336-887-7927.
We are hopeful that upon completion of the Citizen Police Academy, participants will have a clearer understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and community interaction expected from department personnel and will share their knowledge with others in the community. Those graduates who wish to remain a part of HPPD activities may choose to join the Alumni Association.