Citizens' Police Academy

The DUPD Citizens' Police Academy is a six week course with a two hour class held weekly.  Each classroom topic will give insight on the operations of the Duke University Police Department from both uniform patrol and civilian employees.

Our purpose is to make this an enjoyable, as well as a learning, experience for all who participate, promoting the community policing concept at Duke University.

Classes will be taught at 402 Oregon Street.  Some classes will require field locations to complete the designated training.  Transportation will be provided by DUPD.  Instructors will provide training much like that is given at an academy for police recruits.

Requirements / Eligibility

  • Faculty, Staff or Students of Duke University / Duke Health Systems
  • Good Health
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s License
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Background investigation
  • Willing to commit to attending a weekly two hour class for an six week period
  • Open minded and willingness to learn and enjoy at the same time

Class Schedule

Duke University Police Department will be hosting its tenth Citizen’s Police Academy during the Fall of 2017.  Our objective is to introduce participants to our department using technology, training and experience demonstrating the level of expertise that this department provides for the Duke Community.

Applications were accepted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 through Friday, August 18, 2017.  Classes begin on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 and will continue through Thursday, October 26, 2017.  On Friday, November 3, we will conclude the Academy with a Graduation Luncheon.

Activities for this Academy include:

  • Felony Vehicle Stops / T-3 Serpentine Course
  • Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Exercise
  • Mock Crime Scene Investigation
  • Introduction to Duke Healthcare Security - Life Flight tour
  • Courtroom Procedures with Superior Court Judge Jim Hardin, Jr. 
  • “Active Shooter” rapid deployment scenario using participants from DUPD
  • Firearms Safety Class / Morning at the Range
  • Graduation Luncheon

For further information, please contact Eric Hester at (919) 681-5609 or by email:

Alumni Academy

Duke University Police Department will be hosting its fourth Alumni Academy.  Graduates from the Citizen’s Police Academy are offered an opportunity to return and learn of services provided for the Duke Community from outside agencies.

The Alumni Academy consists of five sessions and will begin on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 and will continue through Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  On Friday, November 3, 2017 graduates will be recognized at the combined Graduation Luncheon.

Additional information on attending the Alumni Academy will be sent by email to those who have completed the Citizen’s Police Academy.