Citizen Public Safety Academy

The City of Concord believes in creating partnerships with the citizens who live and work in our City.  We believe this partnership keeps our quality of life at a high level and allows us to provide the best municipal services possible.

To help build this partnership, Concord CommunicationsEmergency ManagementFire, and Police staff are proud to announce the 17th Citizen Public Safety Academy.  This course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord's public safety departments, meet staff, and help us evaluate the services we provide.

The eight-week academy will begin February 8, 2022. Consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Click HERE for a copy of the 2022 Citizen Public Safety Academy Course Calendar. 

The Concord Police Department will instruct three classes on all functions of the department and give an in-depth look at its evidence-based community policing philosophy. Three classes will also be taught by Concord Fire staff, including presentations on the various services provided as well as how all of us can be safer in our daily lives. Concord Emergency Management will join one class with Concord Fire to help you learn how the city plans for and responds to disasters and other emergencies. One class is scheduled with Communications to explain what happens when you call 911.  The eighth week will be a graduation dinner to honor academy participants.

Class participants are encouraged to participate in an exchange of information that will benefit all involved. Class size is limited to 20.  Applications for the 2022 course are now available online HERE and must be submitted no later than January 31, 2022. For more information, or to obtain a paper copy of the application, please contact Crystal Green, Concord Police Department, at 704-920-5007 or by email

Course instructors:

Gary Gacek – Chief of Police

Jake Williams – Fire Chief

Bethany Ledwell – Communications Director

Ian Crane – Emergency Management Coordinator