Citizens Police Academy

(843) 918-1330


Hundreds of residents have completed the Citizens Police Academy since the Myrtle Beach Police Department first offered the program in 2000.  Sessions are held twice a year, in the spring and fall.  The 10-week class meets to learn about topics such as crime scene investigation, defensive driving, gun safety, domestic violence and crime prevention.  


Applications for the next session of the Myrtle Beach Police Department's popular Citizens Police Academy are now available!  The 39th Session begins Monday, January 27, 2020.  The class meets from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. every Monday for 10 weeks.  Once accepted, class members must attend at least eight of the 10 sessions to graduate.  The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 2, 2019.  Applicants must…

  • Reside in Horry County.
  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Pass criminal history check and driver’s license background check.

Printed applications are available at the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center, 1101 North Oak Street, and the Law Enforcement Center Annex, 3340 Mustang Avenue.  Questions?  Contact Lt. Tommy Chestnut at or 843-918-1330.


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