Citizens Academy

In an effort to bring new and innovative programs to the citizens of Apex, the Apex Police Department conducts a Citizens Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy offers members of the community a unique opportunity to become familiar with the operations of the department.

About the Academy

During this 12-week course, which meets 1 evening a week, citizens will talk with representatives of each unit and division in the department, including:
  • Animal control
  • Communications
  • Criminal investigations
  • Patrol operations
  • Records
  • Traffic operations
  • Youth services
The recruitment and selection process for new officers, accreditation, and crime prevention topics will also be addressed.

Ride Along

In addition to classroom instruction, participants will have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer and to observe a live fire exercise with the department’s Special Response Team (SRT). A member of the traffic team will explain how officers evaluate people suspected of driving while impaired.


1. 21 years of age or older.
2. Be a resident or business owner within the Town of Apex (Preferred)
3. Applicants from outside of the Town of Apex may be considered for membership
    with approval from Community Policing Officer, Captain, or Chief of Police
4. Have submitted to a background investigation.
5. Be a person who has no felony convictions.
6. Provide a copy of government issued identification (i.e. Driver License, Passport, etc.).
7. Submit the Release/Confidentiality Agreement.
8. Be  a  person  who  has  not  been  convicted  of  a  misdemeanor  within  one  year  of  application for the
Citizens Police Academy (CPA) (minor traffic offenses may be excluded).
9. Be a United States Citizen.
10. Foreign nationals will be considered, provided the person is in the United States legally  with  the  appropriate  visa  or  other          authorization, and is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations;


For more information or an application, contact the academy coordinator Sergeant Kevin Herring email at 919-249-3471.

Note: The citizens Police Academy is not intended to turn class members into certified police officers or reserve officers. Class members will have no police powers.