The Waynesville Civilian Police Academy provides citizens the chance to understand the various aspects of the police department and the law enforcement community on a more personal level and the opportunity to interact with the officers that are on our streets.
It’s a chance to see how our officers work in the real world and it’s not like TV. A wide range of topics are discussed, including, but not limited to officer qualifications and training, life on the street—including the why behind what officers do, and crime scene investigation.
Attendees also get to see how the K-9 officers are trained and get to meet one of our K-9s. You will learn about the role the Special Response Team plays and get to see some of their equipment. In addition, attendees will be offered the opportunity for a ride-a-long with one of our officers. The class is FREE for any residents of Haywood County.

The Academy meets Wednesday nights for 7 weeks at the Waynesville Police Department. Classes are from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Questions can be emailed to civvol@waynesvillenc.gov Class size is limited.

Waynesville Civilian Police Academy Application Procedures
◼ The CPA is open to county residents free of charge
◼ Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds can attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
◼ Applicants are required to have a background check.
◼ Applications are available at WPD Records or from the Town Clerk at Town Hall
◼ Applications must be received by the Town Clerk no later than one week prior to the class start date. No later than September 7 for this class.
◼ Next class is scheduled to start September 14, 2022.
The academy is not offered for employment or law enforcement certification purposes.

  • The CPA is open to all county residents free of charge
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
  • Applicants are required to have a background check.
  • CPA Application