Gastonia Police Youth Citizens Academy

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Applications are being accepted for Gastonia Police Department's Youth Citizens Academy, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 25th, 2022. The Youth Citizens Academy focuses on Gastonia Police operations. Law enforcement is a profession that is continually changing and evolving, and the academy enables citizens to experience conditions similar to those that police officers go through in their training and on the job.

Participants meet from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. every morning through July 29th, 2022. Training topics include segments on the department’s K-9 unit, SWAT Team, the Identification Bureau (crime scene investigations), Patrol Officer techniques, Crime Prevention programs and many other components of the police department.

Academy participants must be at least 13 to 17 years of age, and be subject to a background check. There is no fee for the academy – just a commitment to attend all the classes. All classes must be completed to be eligible for graduation. Space is limited to 20 participants.

Youth printable application form

Applications are being accepted until the class is full or the deadline date of July 15th, 2022. After completing the application linked below, email it to, or mail it to Caleb Price, Gastonia Police Department, P.O. Box 1748, Gastonia, NC, 28053. For more information, you may call Officer Price at (704) 842-5117.

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