Appalachian Police Academy celebrates second graduating class

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.

Appalachian Police Department Capt. K.C. Mitchell, far right in back row, and Detective Tina Dunn, far left in middle row, with the 2019 graduates of the Appalachian Police Academy — part of Appalachian State University’s Appalachian Police Officer Development Program (APDP). Pictured, from front row to back row, left to right, are graduates Anthony Gibbs, of Wake Forest; Connor Malmstrom, of Concord; Brandon Southard, of Kernersville; John Sanders, of Durham; Abigail Rivera, of Durham; Haley Triplette, of
Published: Oct 4, 2019 8:43am