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Selma Police Department Announces Citizens Police Academy

SELMA, North Carolina—The Selma (N.C.) Police Department will offer a free, seven-week academy for citizens interested in learning about law enforcement and its role in the community. The program is open to teens and adults.

The Academy will give participants a chance to get to know local law enforcement, ask questions, make suggestions, and share concerns about community policing in Selma. Classes will start on September 15 at 6:30 p.m. and culminate with a graduation ceremony on October 27.

“We want to do our part to create a more unified community and believe this program will build the kind of trust that will begin to eliminate the us vs. them syndrome,” said Chief Richard Cooper, Town of Selma Police Chief.

Preference will be given to teens between the ages of 13 and 17 years old and class size is limited to ensure comfort, according to Captain Billy Thomas, in charge of patrol officers. “We’re committed to establishing a positive relationship with our residents at an early age,” said Captain Thomas.

Applications are available at the Selma Police Department, Town Hall, the Selma Public library, and electronically at


The Selma Police Department is committed to excellence while providing police services in accordance with the law and is sensitive to the priorities and needs of the community. The Department is a division of the Town of Selma, North Carolina.


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