Annual Waynesville Police Academy starts March 9

Feb 15, 2017
Previous class members of the Waynesville Police Department civilian police academy test out their shooting skills at the firing range.

The 2017 class of the Waynesville Civilian Police Academy will start on Thursday, March 9, at the Waynesville Police Department on South Main Street.

The Waynesville Civilian Police Academy provides citizens the chance to understand the various aspects of the police department on a more personal level and the opportunity to interact with the officers that are out on our streets.

A wide range of topics are discussed, including, but not limited to officer qualifications and training; life on the street; knowing why behind what officers do; and crime scene investigation. Attendees also get to meet the K-9 officers and will have a chance to do a ride-along with an officer.

The academy meets for eight consecutive weeks on Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Waynesville Police Department, from March 9 through April 27.

This free academy is open to all Haywood County residents who are at least 21 years of age; class size is limited.

Applications are available at the Waynesville Police Department or call 456-5363 and ask for Kristie. She can e-mail an application directly to you.

For additional information, e-mail the Waynesville Police Department Civilian Police Academy at or call the Police Department records clerk, Kristie Holcombe, at 456-5363.

Applications must be received by the department no later than March 6. A background check is part of the application process.

The Civilian Police Academy is not offered for employment or law enforcement certification purposes. Prior academy participants are not eligible for re-enrollment.