UNC Police Department strives to build lasting relationships with the UNC Community which includes faculty, staff and students. We know that at times that there has been uncertainty and uneasiness when citizens deal with law enforcement not only locally but nationwide. It is important that we create a natural environment that our community feels comfortable asking questions and learning about law enforcement. For these reasons, the UNC Police Department has established a Community Police Academy (CPA).

The Community Police Academy is intended to open the lines of communication between the UNC community and the UNC Police Department. This is a program conducted multiple times a year and is designed to familiarize citizens with the “how/what/why” of police procedures and provide an opportunity to interact with officers. Our goal is to produce informed citizens who can take the information they have learned back into their respective areas and share with friends and colleagues and have a better understanding of police operations. During this program participants will get the opportunity to actually use some of the equipment utilized by UNC Police Officers and walk in the shoes of a UNC Police Officer through several role-play exercises. Class size is limited to 15 participants per session. The training provided reflects current themes and topics and encourages discussion of how police operate.

Topics Covered

  • Department Overview
  • Professional standards/Training Curriculum
  • Communications Center/911
  • Community Oriented Policing/Community Service
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Use of Force
  • Critical Incident Responses
  • Traffic Stops/DUI/Field Sobriety Training
  • And Much More


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Affiliated with the University (faculty, staff or student)
  • Must clear a review of your criminal record and police contact history prior to acceptance

Classes will be held on 6 consecutive Thursday nights, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. starting March 2, 2017 and concluding April 20, 2017. Upon completion participants will be presented with a certificate at a banquet held in their honor.


While completion of this course gives citizens an understanding of the workings of the UNC Police Department, it does not make the participant a certified law enforcement officer, nor is it designed to train citizens to perform law enforcement duties.

Community Police Academy Fall 2017 Waitlist

The Spring 2017 Community Police Academy is currently full, however you can still fill out an application to be placed on the wait list for the upcoming fall 2017 academy.

For More Information Please Contact:

Sgt. James David at dhjames@psafety.unc.edu or 919-966-3230