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Citizens Police Academy

Come be a part of Citizens' Police Academy!

About the program:
This program introduces citizens to the philosophy, policies, and principals of law enforcement, as well as the ethical conduct governing police services in our community. Basic classroom instruction, presentations, and demonstrations are supplemented with elective participation in firearms training, firearms practice and riding with police officers on patrol.

The Academy lasts ten weeks and meets on Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. and on some Saturdays.  Click here to print out an application & enroll in the Citizens Police Academy today!

The Citizens Police Academy is designed to:

  • Build a partnership between citizens and police personnel.
  • Help you make more informed judgments about the police department and its operations.
  • Enable the department to become aware of the feelings and concerns of the community

About Community Policing

The key to providing for the public safety of any community lies in a concept originally proposed by Sir Robert Peel, founder of the London Metropolitan Police Department. According to Peel, "The public are the police and the police are the public." This concept is the cornerstone of what has become known as "community policing"...a philosophy of providing police service that is built on knowledge and understanding.

The New Bern Police Department is dedicated to providing professional police service. It is our goal to provide a useful and informative training program for our citizens, which focuses on the real world of law enforcement. As a student of the New Bern Police Department's Citizens Police Academy you will experience firsthand the operation of your police department. You will also learn about the policies and procedures of the department and how the courts and the Constitution affect officer's decisions.

The Citizens Police Academy will provide an opportunity for citizens and police officers to find common ground from which to set about solving the problems of their communities. It is our hope that after graduation students will take an active role in partnership with the police in helping to make New Bern a safer community.

Citizen's Academy Application

Click here to print a Citizen's Academy Application. Fill out and return applications to the New Bern Police Department at 601 George Street, New Bern, NC 28563.  Please contact Detective Josh Jensen for additional information at (252)672-4100.