Citizen's Police Academy

The goal of the CPA is to enhance the relationship between the police department and the community, resulting in a better understanding of what the community can expect from the officers and employees who serve them and the services they provide in the Town of Fuquay-Varina. This is a wonderful opportunity for YOU to learn about the "behind the scenes" of policing, the "why" police do what they do, and receive answers to questions you may have. This is not a "Citizen's On Patrol" program. 

The course is a 10 week program that offers citizens a unique view of how police officers perform their duties and serve their community. The course involves meeting once a week on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Instructors are employees of the Fuquay-Varina Police Department. The course is typically offered from January through March of each year.  

Topics discussed during the program include but are not limited to: Mission/Structure, Recruiting, Training, 21st Century Policing, Community Policing, Facility Tour, Motor Vehicle Law, Traffic Enforcement, Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure, Domestic Violence/Child Crimes, Traffic Stops, DWI Detection, Use of Force, Professional Standards, School Resource Officer, Firearms Safety, Criminal Investigations, Fraud Investigations, Crime Prevention, and a K-9 Presentation. The final week includes a graduation and recognition program.

Requirements of the program:
* Must be at least 18 years of age
* A criminal history check and background investigation will be conducted
* Complete an application - incomplete applications will be rejected
* Must complete the program in its entirety for graduation
* Town residents receive first priority
* Limited seating available
* No application fee or cost for participants.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Lt. Chris Gathman at or by calling (919)552-1434.