Few people would argue against the fact that law enforcement is one of the most fascinating careers one could choose to pursue.  And you will never, ever, get the real, inside scoop of how a law enforcement agency works or why things happen the way they do on an evening newscast or on one of those prime time, 'solve the crime in one-hour' television shows.  But you can get a first hand, up close and personal look at how the Waynesville Police Department works, right from the men and women who are doing the job, at the Waynesville Police Department Civilian Police Academy.  

This free program is open to any citizen on a first come, first served basis.  The instructors will include detectives, crime scene investigators, members of the SRT Team, Uniform Patrol Officers, K-9 Officers, Communications Officers, TAC Officers, and members of our District Attorney’s Office. Participants are even able to take a trip to the agency's Firing Range. Upon graduation, members of the Civilian Police Alumni often return as volunteers to the department. These hard working, dedicated individuals donate hundreds of hours each year to our agency, assisting our Officers and employees in a number of different ways. These men and women save the taxpayers thousands of dollars each year. We sincerely thank them for their time and talents.  

Waynesville Civilian Police Academy Application Procedures 

  • 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