Citizens Academy

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. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the High Point Police Department and its programs, as well as get to know the officers who keep your community safe.

The Academy is held twice a year:

Spring Session: January - April

Fall Session: September - December


Classes are held at the High Point Police Department on Mondays from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. The Academy includes High Point community members and High Point University students. They learn about the department's innovative crime-fighting strategies, community involvement and the daily duties of an officer. They also gain insight  into specialized units and the legal and constitutional guidelines police officers must follow.

The sessions are a blend of traditional classroom time, demonstrations, and scenario-based training exercises. Topics include death investigations, use of force tactics, the canine program, building searches and traffic stops. Students will also have the opportunity to attend a Tactical Demonstration on a Saturday and participate in a ride-along with a patrol officer.


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must live or work within the City of Hight Point
  • No recent felony convictions
  • No pending cases such as affray, domestic violence, DWI or drug possession (serious misdemeanors) 
  • Applicant must submit an application
  • Applicant must undergo a background investigation, which includes a criminal history check. Past convictions will be evaluated based on the severity of the crime(s) and elapsed time. 


If you would like to be considered for the next High Point Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy, please fill out the  Citizen's Academy Application (PDF)  You can return the  completed application to the High Point Police Department (1730 Westchester Drive) or email it. 


For additional information, contact the Support Services Lieutenant at (336) 887-7957 or the Community Engagement Lieutenant at (336) 887-7807.

Alumni Association

At the end of the Academy, we hope participants will have a clearer understanding of the duties, responsibilities and community interactions expected from our department personnel. We hope the participants will share their knowledge with others in the community. Those who complete the Academy are encouraged to stay connected to the High Point Police Department by joining the Alumni Association.