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Citizen's Police Academy

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What is Citizen's Police Academy? 

Citizen's Police Academy is a free, six week interactive class where members of the public can get an inside look at the Wilmington Police Department. Attendees will learn about the different units, like SWAT, K-9 and crime prevention, that work together to help make WPD a success. The class meets Monday nights and participants are allowed two absences. 


Class schedule: 

The class will meet every Monday in March, with the exception of the last week of the month. The class for the last week of March will meet Thursday. We will host one class in April.  Class will meet 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The academy will conclude with a graduation dinner on April 9. 

  • Monday, March 5 
  • Monday, March 12
  • Monday, March 19
  • Thursday, March 29
  • Monday, April 2
  • Monday, April 9 (Graduation)

Want to apply?

 To be eligible to participate, applicants must: 

  • be at least 18 years old. 
  • pass a thorough background check. 
  • submit a completed application with two references by February 28. 

Download the Citizen's Police Academy 2018 application


Applications may be picked up and returned to the Northwest Police Department Headquarters, 615 Bess Street or  the Southeast Division at  2451 S College Road. 

You can mail your application to:  

Citizen Police Academy
Attn: Edward Pompey, Crime Prevention Specialist
Wilmington Police Department
615 Bess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

You can also scan and email a completed application to

If you have any questions, please contact Edward Pompey at 910-343-3945.



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