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 Communications, Emergency ManagementFire, and Police staff are proud to announce the 16th 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 nine-week academy will begin February 4, 2020. Consecutive classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Click here to learn more about the schedule.

Three classes will 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. 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.  One class each is scheduled with Communications, to explain what happens when you call 911, and Emergency Management, to help you learn how the City plans for and responds to disasters and other emergencies.  The ninth week will be a graduation dinner to honor academy participants.

Class participants will be urged to participate in an exchange of information that will benefit all involved. Class size is limited to 20, so please click here to download an application.  Applications are due January 28.  You may also contact Leslie Griffin at the Police Department (email:; mail:  P.O. Box 308, Concord NC, 28026; fax:  704-920-6970).

Course instructors:

Gary Gacek – Chief of Police

Jake Williams – Fire Chief

Bethany Ledwell – Communications Director

Ian Crane – Emergency Management Coordinator