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Asheboro Police Department Taking Applications for Spring Citizens Academy

Participants with Asheboro Police Department’s Citizens Academy see a demonstration of arrest techniques during one of the classes. (Scott Pelkey / Acme News Archive)

ASHEBORO N.C. – The Asheboro Police Department is taking applications for its Citizens Academy set to start in March.

The Asheboro Police Department’s Citizens Academy is designed to educate members of the community on how the department operates, its programs, as well as a chance to get to know the officers who work in the community.

Citizen’s academy classes that meet once a week, usually in the afternoon/evening, for nine weeks with each class focused on a specific topic. Those topics include arrest techniques, traffic stops, DUI Investigations, police K9 use and demonstrations, crime scene investigation, and an overview of the Asheboro Police Department structure, including its specialized units such as SWAT, Criminal Investigations Division, Traffic Division, Community Resource Team, and more.

Participants will also get the opportunity to complete a “ride-along,” during which they will accompany an officer during a patrol shift.

“It was a great experience,” said a former student. “Getting to hear from each part of the department about the work they do and getting to ask questions, I came out of it with a much better understanding of how the department works and all the different jobs officers do.”

There is no cost to attend, however the number of participants is limited, and restrictions apply.

Anyone interested in the Asheboro Police Department Citizen’s Academy is encouraged to call Master Sergeant Jeremy Sudduth at 336-626-2733 to discuss submitting an application.