Citizen's Police Academy

The Fuquay-Varina Police Department is no longer accepting applications for the 2022 5th Session of the CPA at this time.  All seats are filled.  Future sessions will be shared with the community as this is one of our most popular programs!

The dates of the 5th Session are as follows:  February 3, 2022 through April 7, 2022, with sessions occurring each Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Attendance is required for graduation from the program.  

To receive an application to apply for future sessions of FVPD Citizen's Police Academy, contact Captain Chris Gathman at Once completing an application, applications may be hand-delivered or emailed to the Fuquay-Varina Police Department for processing. If you have questions about the program, please contact Captain Chris Gathman (919)552-1434 or email

Seats are limited so return your application quickly when the applications are officially being accepted.  This is one of the Department's most popular outreach programs. Priority is given to Fuquay-Varina Town residents. See below for more details about the program and requirements.

This program is a fantastic way to learn more about the FVPD and meet the employees that deliver exceptional police services in our community.  We highly recommend attendance for those considering a career in law enforcement.  This is one of our most popular programs.

Information about the Program:

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. 

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.  

The course also includes participation in a ride-along opportunity with an officer assigned to the Patrol Services Division.

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  Captain Chris Gathman at or by calling (919)552-1434.