Citizens Academy

The Citizens Academy is a free 12-week program designed to provide citizens who live and work in the city a unique opportunity to learn more about the Greenville Police Department (GPD). The academy features both a classroom setting, with presentations by GPD personnel from multiple divisions, and a variety of learning experiences outside the classroom. 
Participants will gain firsthand knowledge about the inner workings of the department and see what officers and operators go through on a daily basis by visiting the communications center and participating in a ride-along with a GPD officer. The academy is offered annually March through May, and most classes are held at the GPD Training Center at 688 Mauldin Road. 

After completion, Citizens Academy graduates are given the opportunity to join the Greenville Police Department's Citizens Academy Alumni Association in order to keep in contact with their classmates and the police department. 

Some of the topics that will be covered in the 2018 Citizens Academy are:

  • GPD structure and operations
  • Court processes
  • Investigations
  • Police training simulator
  • Crime Prevention
  • Internal Affairs
  • Communications

....and many others!

Registration Closed for the 2018 Citizens Academy

The 2018 Citizens Academy class will be held from March 6 to May 29, 2018. Sessions will be held every Tuesday, from 5:30pm - 8:30p.m.

Due to the overwhelming response, we have closed the application for the 2018 session. Thank you for your interest in the Citizens Academy!

2018 Citizens Academy Info

 All participants:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must live or work in the city limits of Greenville, SC (check your address here

 Individuals are ineligible to participate if any of the following apply:

  • Any conviction of a felony or domestic violence.
  • Pending arrest or conviction or a felony or domestic violence.
  • Currently under investigation by any law enforcement agency.
  • Intentional deception on arrest record or failure to report an arrest in this application.
  • Has been denied employment by this agency and is ineligible to reapply.
  • Has been terminated by this agency or resigned to avoid disciplinary action.
  • Does not possess a valid government issued identification.
  • Any person who is a member of any organization or club, or participates in any organization, that the Chief of Police deems subversive to the department or the policing profession.
  • Any person who has been a party to a civil law suit against the City of Greenville, the Greenville Police Department, or any current employees.
  • Any person who is delinquent in the payment of court-mandated child support.
  • Any person who appears mentally ill-prepared to exhibit sound judgment.
  • The Chief of Police or his designee retains the right to allow or deny anyone from participation in this program at his/her discretion with or without cause or explanation

Class Times and Locations

  • Classes are held every Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. starting March 6, 2018, and ending on May 29, 2018. There will be no class on April 3.
  • Most classes are held at the GPD Range at 688 Mauldin Rd unless otherwise noted.
  • Participants are required to attend a minimum of 8 out of the 12 classes to graduate. 


  • The GPD Citizens Academy is free to all participants.  Transportation is not provided.  Refreshments will be served each class.

Questions?  Contact Officer Michelle Lentz at