Citizen Police Academy

The Goldsboro Police Department is proud to announce the establishment of its own Citizen Police Academy. The academy, which is open to those 18 years old and older who live, work and play in and around the Goldsboro community, will provide an informative and eye-opening experience to its participants. The Academy’s classes include topics like: Community-Police Relations, Legal Review, Building Searches, Use of Force, and Criminal Investigations. These topics, along with others, will give participants a greater understanding of the Goldsboro Police Department and an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement. If you are interested in participating in the Citizen Police Academy, applications are being taken now through August 25, 2017 – pick your application up today!


Sept. 12, 2017 – Nov. 7, 2017
@ Goldsboro Police Department.

The Goldsboro Police Department is proud to offer the Citizen Police Academy program to the residents of Goldsboro and surrounding communities. We hope that you find the Academy to be very informative and eye-opening, and that you have a greater knowledge of the Goldsboro Police Department once completing the program. The mission of our Academy is to teach citizens about the philosophy, policies, and guiding principles of law enforcement and the ethical conduct governing police services in the community. It will give citizens an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement.

The goals of the Goldsboro Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy are to:

  • Build a stronger relationship between the community and the police department
  • Create a better understanding of police functions by members of the public
  • Provide the public with the opportunity for feedback and suggestions
  • Increase community support and awareness about police operations through education and the exchange of ideas
  • Create responsible, well-informed citizens who influence public opinion on police practices and services

We thank you for your interest in our program. If selected to attend an Academy session, we encourage your interaction with police personnel as you will have to opportunity to ask questions, and offer comments, ideas, and solutions throughout the program. The Citizen Police Academy is a 9-week course with classes held weekly from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. There will be basic classroom instruction, presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises offered each week for eight weeks. On the ninth week, the program concludes with a graduation ceremony.

Sample Schedule

Week 1

  • Welcome & Academy Review
  • Department Overview & Tour

Week 2

  • Community Police Relations
  • Police Ethics and Police Stress

Week 3

  • Legal Review
  • Speaker: District Attorney’s Office

Week 4

  • Building Search Presentation
  • Building Search Practical

Week 5

  • Traffic Safety & Enforcement Unit

Week 6

  • Investigations & Crime Scene Units
  • Case Solving Practical

Week 7

  • Use of Force
  • Firearms Simulator

Week 8

  • K-9 Demonstration
  • Communications Center Tour & Presentation

Week 9

  • Graduation


*The order of the topics listed above are subject to change.

Things to know when applying to participate in the Citizen Police Academy:


The Citizen Police Academy is open to those who live, work, and play in and around the Goldsboro community. Priority participation is given to residents of the City of Goldsboro. The program’s minimum age for participation is 18 years old; there is no maximum age. A criminal history will be conducted on all applicants to assist in determining eligibility for the program. While having criminal charges on your record will not automatically exclude you from participation, felony convictions will disqualify an applicant from participating in the program.


Between 18 and 24 participants will be selected for each academy session. Applicants who are accepted to participate in the Academy will be notified approximately two weeks prior to the first class. Once an Academy class is full, those applicants found to be eligible for participation will be placed on a waiting list for attendance in the next class. All applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected to attend the Academy. Please turn in only the application portion; retain the information packet for your records. Applications must be notarized. Applications should be turned in at or mailed to the Goldsboro Police Department to the attention of Capt. Trey Ball or Sgt. Jason Adams.

Academy Classes

Generally, classes will be held at the Goldsboro Police Department in downtown Goldsboro. However, there will be class topics that will require the class to meet at other locations. You will be informed which classes will be in a different location, where that location is, and provided with directions prior to that class meeting.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

Please ensure these items are turned off or placed on silent mode before class starts to limit distractions and interruptions.


  • You are encouraged to attend all classes. The first class is mandatory as other guidelines and information will be discussed, and an overview of the program provided. If you miss this class, you will not be allowed to attend any other classes for that Academy session. You may reapply to attend a future session.
  • In order to receive a graduation certificate from the Academy, you can miss no more than one class per Academy session. You may elect to make-up this missed class during a future Academy session.
  • We understand that things happen and that you may have to miss more than one class. Should you miss two or more classes, you will be required to attend a future session on the topic missed to make-up the class in order to be awarded your certificate of completion.
  • Classes begin promptly at 6:00pm. Please arrive early to avoid interrupting the class.


  • Your questions are welcome; however, please ensure they pertain to the topic being discussed. Please do not belabor a question once it has been answered, but be willing to ask follow-up questions. If you need further explanation, make a note to ask the instructor during break or at the end of class.
  • Respect the questions of others in the class and give them time to ask their questions.
  • Again, if you are not satisfied with a question or would like additional information on a topic than was covered during class, make a note and follow-up with the instructor later.


Your input is valuable. Please complete an evaluation form for EACH class. This information is a vital part of our program to let us know what we are doing well and how we can improve our Academy.

Food and Drink

  • Several local restaurants have partnered with us and have donated food items to be available to you prior to the beginning of each Academy class.
  • This food and drink will be available for you at 5:30pm each class session. Please arrive early to allow time to eat before class starts. Note: The food provide is not a full “sit-down” meal, rather heavy hors d’oeuvre-type selections.
  • Food and drink are allowed in the classroom, but please take caution to prevent spills. Drink and snack machines are available at the police department.


  • Each Academy participant will have the opportunity to participate in the police department’s Ride-Along Program; however, this is not a required component of the Academy curriculum. You may opt to not ride if you so choose.
  • Initially, each participant may participate in only one ride-along. Depending on the level of interest, additional opportunities may be available.
  • If you do choose to participate in the Ride-Along Program, please plan to stay late after the first session so that we can discuss time & date options for you to participate. Additional information about the program will be provided at that time.