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   
  • 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 is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 16th.  The class will run 10 consecutive weeks and end on Tuesday, November 18th ***.  Classes will meet at the Statesville Police Department from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. each Tuesday night.  All applications must be received by Friday, September 12th, 2014.  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 or e-mail:


Chan Austin 
Crime Prevention Officer
email  Officer Austin