Asheville Police Department to Host New Junior Police Academy

The Asheville Police Department (APD) is offering a new program, the Junior Police Academy, for 14- to 19-year-old youth who demonstrate a serious interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Topics will include criminal law, investigations, narcotics, patrol and arrest techniques, and physical training. All classes are designed to incorporate both academic and hands-on learning.

The Junior Police Academy will be offered at no cost to participants, beginning March 30 and continuing through April 11, 2020. Classes will be held at the Municipal Building in downtown Asheville (100 Court Plaza) on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m., and two Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. Successful completion of the Junior Police Academy is a requirement for participating in the Asheville Police Department’s Explorer program.

Limited space is available; the first 15 approved applicants will be accepted. Priority will be given to applicants who live within the city limits of Asheville.

Applicant Requirements

  • Must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Must provide at least three references
  • Must have approval from a parent or guardian
  • Must have a full physical examination completed by a physician

The deadline to submit applications is March 6, 2020. Applications can be downloaded from

For more information please contact Officer Ryan Justus at (828) 230-3827 or


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