Citizen Public Safety Academy

The City of Concord believes in creating partnerships with the residents 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 services possible.

To help build this partnership, Concord CommunicationsEmergency ManagementFire, and Police staff are proud to host a Citizen Public Safety Academy each spring. This course allows residents to learn about the functions of Concord's public safety departments, meet staff, and help us evaluate the services we provide. The course is offered to adults aged 18 and older.

The Citizen Public Safety Academy is an eight-week course with classes beginning in mid-February. Classes are  held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Click here to view, download, and print a copy of the 2024 Citizen Public Safety Academy Schedule. 

During the course, the Concord Police Department instructs three classes on all functions of the department and gives an in-depth look at its evidence-based community policing philosophy. Three classes are 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 joins 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 is a graduation dinner to honor academy participants. 

Registration Information

The class is limited to 40 participants and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for the 2024 Citizen Public Safety Academy is now closed.

For more information on the Citizen Public Safety Academy, please contact Lindsay Manson, Public Affairs Manager, at 704-920-5210 or by email

Course instructors:

Jimmy Hughes – Chief of Police

Jake Williams – Fire Chief

Bethany Ledwell – Communications Director

Ian Crane – Emergency Management Coordinator


18th Citizen Public Safety Academy
Class of 2023

2023 Citizen Public Safety Academy Graduates

Graduates (in alphabetical order): Leyla Bahmanyar, James Bernacki, Nakia Campbell, Alexys Carrasquillo, Lacy Castle, Paul Chiriboga, Lucy Chiriboga, Lauryn Crowder, Leola Davis, Davis Dorton, Kenneth Foret, Rosanna Hampton, Scott Holzworth, Leonard Jarvis, Eric LaPrad, Joe Marino, Gustavo Mendoza, Mike Miller, Greg Mills, Robert Neal, Deepa Prabhakar, Michlle Ridgley, Elizabeth Schwerin, Sowmyasri Thalanki, Blaze Walker.