Charleston PD accepting applications for its Police Citizens Academy

Charleston County News
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston Police Department is now accepting applications for its Police Citizens Academy which will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for 8 weeks April 3rd through May 22nd, according to Public Information Officer Charles Francis.

The news release stated that the classes will be held in the police department’s training room at 180 Lockwood Boulevard.   

The purpose of the academy is to educate and increase the public’s understanding of police policies and practices. Participants will get an inside look at the department’s operational procedures and investigations and can expect to get some hands-on experience and education in the following areas:

•    Crime Scene 
•    Forensics 
•    Implicit Bias 
•    Traffic 
•    Central Investigations 
•    VirTra Training Simulator 
•    Defensive Tactics and more!

The entire course is free and participants must be 18 years of age or older. You must attend at least 6 out of the 8 weeks of the academy to participate in the Completion Ceremony. 

A completed application along with a copy of your driver’s license is needed to conduct a background check. Applications can be found online at under the Police Department tab. 

All applications should be sent to Jessica Watkins, Community Outreach Coordinator at or mailed to:
The City of Charleston Police Department
180 Lockwood Blvd. 
Charleston, SC 29403
Attn: Mrs. Jessica Watkins

Participants will be contacted regarding acceptance after the background check is completed.

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