Citizen's Police Academy

Background Information

Our Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is designed after a traditional police academy curriculum and teaching methods. Our CPA provides members from the community an opportunity to get a better understanding of their police department.

During eight (8) weekly 3-hour sessions, participants are introduced to a variety of legal, community and public safety topics. These topics are designed to orient participants into the police department’s functional and operational procedures. These courses are not intended to train participants as police officers.

The academy is taught by sworn police officers and other legal and field experts. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the Chief of Police and all members of his command staff. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and engage in dialogs on police and community related issues.


Our goal is to strengthen our community relationships by giving our citizens a up-close look into the daily operations of their police department and explore the many opportunities where we can band together to create a stronger safer community.

Free Program / Program Schedule

This free program is offered once every year. Most classes meet Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Nags Head Police Department:
5401 S Croatan Highway
Nags Head NC 27959

Citizen Police Academy Seal - Logo
Citizens Police academy session number 3 - group of people gathered for photo


The Citizen’s Police Academy will kick-off with a welcome from the Chief of Police. Throughout the following eight weeks, participants will have the opportunity for both classroom and hands-on experience in the following law enforcement topics and more:

  1. Introduction and Police Department Overview
  2. Dare County Detention Center Tour
  3. Dare County Communications Center Tour
  4. Patrol Officer Procedures
  5. Animal Control
  6. Criminal Investigations
  7. Firearm Safety
  8. Emergency Response Team
  9. D.A.R.E.
  10. Community Policing
  11. K-9 Demonstrations
  12. Narcotics Investigations