Fifteen recruits graduated from the Appalachian State University Police Academy in August and all passed the examination to become certified North Carolina police officers. This marks the academy’s second graduating class. Graduation from the academy is a significant milestone of the Appalachian Police Officer Development Program (APDP) — the second of its kind in the nation and the only such program in North Carolina.
Of last year’s graduating class, 100% are employed or pursuing further education. In all, 36 recruits have graduated from the academy since the APDP was launched in 2018.