Community Police Academy

The department is now accepting online applications for its In-Person  Community Police Academy that will run April 4, 2023 to May 11, 2023. See details below.


The Community Police Academy is the premier program for those wanting to know more about the operations of the Durham Police Department.

As is feasible during the year, either virtual or in-person academies may be offered. These academies provide first-hand knowledge and front-line experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about various divisions, such as Criminal Investigations and Forensics. Also, various hands-on activities such as the use of force simulator, will give participants the opportunity to be in the shoes of a police officer. The program begins with students meeting members of the executive command staff and concludes with a graduation ceremony for all students who meet the attendance requirements.

Open to:

  • Durham County residents (ages 16 and up)
  • Durham business owners
  • Durham City and County government employees
  • Local, credentialed media representatives
  • Civilian Police Review Board members

Spring 2023 Program Details

Dates: April 4 to May 11, 2023

  • Session will be held in-person at Durham Police Department Headquarters  on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Applicants must successfully pass a background check to be enrolled.
  • To officially graduate from the academy participant(s) must attend at least 9 of the 10 sessions.

Contact Information

For more information about the Community Police Academy, call the Community Resource Unit at 919-560-4404. 

Coordinators for the academy are:

  • Sergeant Krisha Robinson (ext.29288) 
  • Officer LaWanda Mock (ext.29417)

Apply by March 28

Complete the form below to apply for Spring 2023.

Community Police Academy Form

  1. Application Information
  2. Employment Information
  3. Emergency Contact:
  4. How did you hear about the academy? ( Select all that apply)
  5. Criminal History
  6. Have you every been charged and/or convicted of a crime? *
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  8. Medical Information (Optional)
  9. Hospital Preference
  10. Consent:
    I certify that the information in this application is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I also grant permission for the Durham Police Department to verify the above information contained on this application and check for prior criminal history. My initials below acknowledge that the above information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.
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