Elon Police Department's Citizens Academy

Enrollment is OPEN for Elon Police Department's Citizen's Academy! This academy will begin on September 4, 2024 at 6:30pm. 

Enrollment CLOSES, July 31st, 2024

What is the Citizen's Academy?

The Town of Elon Police Department Citizen's Academy is an extension of the agency's Community Relations Division. The goal of the Academy is to help those who attend gain a more comprehensive understanding of what is required for police officers to effectively perform their duties and how they go about serving the citizens of Elon. 

What topics are discussed?
  • The requirements and costs of becoming a police officer
  • Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)
  • Detention Facility Tour
  • Response to critical incidents
  • Communications tour
  • Laws or Arrest, Search & Seizure
  • Use of Force
  • Ride along with Elon Police Officer 

Who can participate?
The Citizen's Academy is open to Elon residents at least 21 years of age. All applicant will be subject to a criminal background check, and must meet partial criteria equal to North Carolina's requirements for obtaining a concealed handgun permit. (See eligibility list for more details)

What is the cost?
FREE! The only cost to participate is your time. Acceptance to the academy comes with an expectation to attend all sessions. 

Where and When?
We will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm at the Town of Elon-Council Chambers from September 4th- October 30th. 

How to apply?
Just fill out the application below! 

Membership in the Elon Police Department Citizen's Academy is open to all qualifying persons of the age of 21 and older who meet the following requirements:

  1. Participants MUST be residents of the Town of Elon.
  2. Must not have pending charges for a felony or serious misdemeanor crime.
  3. Must not currently be a defendant in an active civil action
  4. Must not be a current or former member of any criminal gang or organization that advocated the overthrow of any local, state, or federal government. 
  5. Must pass a background investigation.
  6. Must sign a waiver and release. 
  7. Any omissions or misrepresentation on the application will result in your application NOT being approved.
  8. Must not be convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor or have received a prayer for judgement for those two types of crimes.

If you have any further questions, please contact Sgt. Chris Miles at 336-584-1301 or cmiles@elon.gov

Elon Police Department- Citizens Academy Application

NOTE: Please read questions thoroughly. Any omissions or misrepresentations will result in denial of your application.

If you answer YES to any of the following questions, please attach information explaining the circumstances. NOTE: Answering YES does not automatically disqualify you from the program. List the year and state in which the incident took place, and the disposition of the case. Include as much information as you can recall.