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Citizens' Academy

Ten-Week Program

The goal of the Citizens' Police Academy is to increase community understanding of police services and to inform interested cadets of the career opportunities available at the Statesville Police Department. The blocks of instruction are designed to help the citizen better understand police functions. It will also provide an opportunity for your feedback, to help us better serve you and the community.

Each class will be taught by a police officer who will discuss the functions of each division. Some of the topics to be discussed are:

  • Criminal Law 
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Gang Awareness 
  • Crime Prevention 
  • Use of Force 
  • Crime Scene Processing 
  • DWI Enforcement

As cadets you will participate in a ride along with a patrol officer, receive hands on training in subject control and arrest techniques, and face very exciting yet very challenging shoot or no shoot situations utilizing a simulator.


  • 18 years of age prior to the first meeting
  • Agree to sign a wavier
  • Live in Iredell County with preference given to residents of Statesville
  • Have no serious misdemeanors, felony convictions or current indictments
  • Complete an application
  • Attach a copy of your drivers’ license or identification card

***The next Citizens' Academy class is scheduled to begin in September of 2014.  The exact class dates and times will be announced as soon as the class is scheduled is finalized.  Applications to the next Citizens' Academy class will be available online as soon as the schedule is finalized.***

Once the application is reviewed and a background investigation completed, you will receive confirmation by telephone of your acceptance into the class. 

For more information, call
Officer Chan Austin @ 704.878.3442

Chan Austin 
Crime Prevention Officer
email  Officer Austin
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 1111, Statesville, NC 28687-1111  |  PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 301 S. Center Street
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