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A number of City of Kannapolis residents have graduated from the police and fire academies. Held separately, each academy concentrates on the services and functions of the Kannapolis Police and Fire Departments and provide citizens with a better understanding of what it takes to be a firefighter or police officer.

Citizens participating in the free ten week fire academy toured fire stations, learned the history of fire service, fire prevention, education and investigation, emergency driving, rescue operations and more.

The police academy attendees participated in classes on all aspects of the department such as patrol operations, traffic enforcement, defensive driving, firearms, K-9 operations, special operations (SWAT), felony investigations, interaction with the courts, community service programs, etc.

Both academies will be held again in Spring 2020. 

Click here for the Police Application.

Click here for the Fire Application.


Fire Academy:
Front Row: Mason Nance, Nancy Rumple, Debra Funderburk & Kathleen Tilghman
Back Row: Vicki Graham, John Atkinson, Madelynn Elkins, Shelley McBride & Randy McBride.
Not pictured: Nicholas Reese.


Police Academy:
Front row: Henry Brown, Adael Shinn, Molly Penton & Jaimie Wilson.
Back Row: Brian Most, Glenn Tingen, Diana Shipe, Michael Drye, Michael Whitney, Thomas Dixon & Dale Burris.
Not pictured: Keith Overcash and Suzanne Irvin.