High School Citizens Police Academy / CSI
For High School Students and their Parents/Mentors
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 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Southern Pines Police Department, 450 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Southern Pines.
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 H.S. Student. Highlights of the program include demonstrations by the K9 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.
Who Can Attend?
Participants must meet the following criteria:
- High School Student
- Age 14 - 18
- Resident of Southern Pines or Student in a Southern Pines School
- Must be of good standing at school and in the community
- Parent / Mentor must attend with a student
- Must have a letter of recommendation from a school faculty member
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? Pick up an application at the Southern Pines Police Department, located at 450 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, or log on to www.southernpines.net. Download the applications (separate adult and student applications) and bring it to the above address or mail it to the Southern Pines Police Department at: P.O. Box 330 Southern Pines, N.C. 28388.
The high school student should apply by completing the High School Police Academy Application (PDF).
The parent/mentor should apply by completing the Citizen's Police Academy Application (PDF).
For more information, contact:
Bob Temme, Community Services Coordinator
Southern Pines Police Department