High School Academy

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The Southern Pines Police Department conducts a Citizens Police Academy for High School students along with their Parent / Mentor. This is a great opportunity for high school students to participate in a meaningful activity with their parents / mentors at the same time meeting police officers, telecommunicators, and support staff who serve and protect our community.

Classes generally are held on Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at the Southern Pines Police Department:

450 W. Pennsylvania Ave.

Southern Pines, NC 28387


The intent of the academy is twofold: first to give participants a “behind the scenes” look at how the department operates, and second, to build closer bonds with the citizens in our community.

This program does not train individuals to become police officers but will give those students who are considering a career in law enforcement an opportunity to see what police work is all about.

For those attendees who are not considering a law enforcement career, this program will be a great opportunity to learn about police work in a fun, relaxed atmosphere while strengthening the bond between the parent / mentors and their high school student.

What They Do

Highlights of the program include demonstrations by the K-9 unit and special teams, as well as crime scene investigation (CSI) techniques. Throughout the program, students will process a mock crime scene and present their case to an independent panel for review and the issuance of a simulated arrest warrant.

Class participants who are 16 years of age or older will be afforded the opportunity to ride with an officer while on patrol.


Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Age 14 - 18
  • High school student
  • Must be of good standing at school and in the community
  • Must have a letter of recommendation from a school faculty member
  • Parent / mentor must attend with a student
  • Resident of Southern Pines or student in a Southern Pines schools

The requirements listed above may be waived or modified upon review and approval of the chief of police.

A criminal background check will be completed on each applicant prior to acceptance into the academy.


Interested in attending? Bring a filled out application to the Police Department, located at:

450 W. Pennsylvania Ave.

Southern Pines, N.C. 28387