Special to Iredell Free News

The Statesville Police Department is accepting applications for Class No. 16 of the Citizens’ Police Academy. This program aims to strengthen the bond between law enforcement and the community by providing valuable insights into police services and career opportunities within the SPD.

The Citizens’ Police Academy will run for eight consecutive weeks, beginning on Thursday, September 21, and concluding on Thursday, November 9. Classes will be held every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at SPD Headquarters located at 330 S. Tradd Street.

The primary goal of this program is to enhance community understanding of police services and operations. Participants will gain valuable knowledge about various police functions and receive a comprehensive overview of the different divisions within the SPD. The Academy also presents a unique opportunity for citizens to provide feedback, enabling the SPD to better serve and address the needs of the community.

Each class will be led by experienced members of the SPD who will provide insights into the functions of each division. Topics covered during the Academy include Criminal Investigations, Patrol Division Services, Community Services, Use of Force, and K-9 / Special Response Team (SRT).

To participate in Class #16 of the Citizens’ Police Academy, interested individuals must meet the following requirements:

♦ Be at least 18 years of age before the first meeting;
♦ Agree to sign a waiver;
♦ Reside in Iredell County, with a preference for residents of Statesville;
♦ Have no serious misdemeanors, felony convictions, or current indictments; and
♦ Complete an application and provide a copy of your driver’s license or identification card.

Applications for the Citizens’ Police Academy Class No. 16 are available online through the City of Statesville website (www.statesvillenc.net), at the Police Department, or via e-mail. The application deadline is Friday, September 15. For any questions or further information, contact Officer Chan Austin at 704-878-3442 or caustin@statesvillenc.net.