Citizen's Police Academy

The Police Department host the Harvey Dancy Citizens Police Academy every year. Participants can attend multiple academies. Several alumni have graduated multiple times and are key players in garnering interest from the community and offering up suggestions for improvements.

About the Academy

The academy traditionally runs for eight weeks, one night a week for 3 hours. Applications are available around mid January.

Priority is given to applicants who reside in or are employed inside the city limits. Participants must be 18 or older, with no criminal convictions other than minor traffic offenses.

Instructors cover topics including:

  • Communications
  • Crime Prevention 
  • Crime Stoppers 
  • Criminal Investigations 
  • Defensive Driving 
  • K-9 
  • Law Enforcement Firearms 
  • Legal Issues of Policing 
  • Option to Ride-Along with an On-Duty Officer
  • Patrol Procedures 
  • Property and Evidence 
  • School Based Programs 
  • Special Response Team

Harvey Dancy Citizens Police Academy

In 2013, to honor and recognize one of the most dedicated alumni members and program attendees, the department aptly named the academy, the "Harvey Dancy Citizens Police Academy". Mr. Harvey Dancy was present at the 1st session in 2005 and attended every year until 2017 when he passed away.

Mr. Dancy was a great supporter of the academy and as an alumni, would encourage others to attend while he assisted at the Lenoir Police table at our annual National Night Out event.

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