Acworth Citizens Police Academy begins Feb 26; applications now open

An Acworth police car in a parking lotAcworth police car (Photo: Cobb County Courier/Larry Felton Johnson licensed CC BY 4.0)

Are you a resident of the City of Acworth who is interested in getting a close look at how the Acworth Police Department operates?

Applications are open for the Citizens Police Academy which will be held from February 26 to May 20, 2024.  If you’re interested you must have your application submitted by January 31, 2024.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and undergo a background check. 

Spots are limited so if you’re interested you should apply now.  For more details and to apply, click here. You can also pick up an application in person at the police department.

Here is more information on the program, reprinted from the Citizens Police Academy website:

The CITIZENS Police Academy is a twelve week program designed to give the public a working knowledge of the day to day operations of the Acworth Police Department.  It will enable participants to gain a better understanding of procedures, guidelines, responsibilities, demands, equipment, policies and laws that guide the Police Department’s decision making process.  Citizens will become informed as to the actual role of police and in return, police will benefit from the exchange of knowledge the citizens provide about the community.

The dates for our next sessions are February 26, 2024 – May 20, 2024.  Each session consists of weekly classes that meet at the police department on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Each week there will be comprehensive instruction from different units within the department, to include a few outside agencies.

This program is an opportunity to show how serious our commitment is to our community.  

Citizens who reside in and/or work in the City of Acworth, are eligible to attend.  Non-residents will be required to be sponsored for the Academy by a City Business owner, CITIZENS Police Academy Alumni, or an Acworth Police Officer.

About the City of Acworth

Acworth got its start as a railroad depot for the Western & Atlantic railroad. An engineer for the W&A, Joseph Gregg, named the depot for his hometown of Acworth, New Hampshire.

It is the fifth largest city by population, after Mableton, Marietta, Smyrna and Kennesaw.

Acworth was incorporated as a city in 1860.

The following quick facts about Acworth were taken from the U.S. Census Bureau website.

Population Estimates, July 1 2021, (V2021)22,284


Population Estimates, July 1 2021, (V2021)22,284
Population estimates base, April 1, 2020, (V2021)22,443
Population, percent change – April 1, 2020 (estimates base) to July 1, 2021, (V2021)-0.7%
Population, Census, April 1, 202022,440
Population, Census, April 1, 201020,425
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent5.2%
Persons under 18 years, percent28.9%
Persons 65 years and over, percent11.0%
Female persons, percent52.1%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent62.7%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)24.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)0.3%
Asian alone, percent(a)2.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)0.7%
Two or More Races, percent4.8%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)15.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent54.3%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2016-20201,396
Foreign born persons, percent, 2016-202015.7%
Housing units, July 1, 2021, (V2021)
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2016-202060.6%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016-2020$193,300
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020$1,373
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2016-2020$449
Median gross rent, 2016-2020$1,296
Building permits, 2021
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2016-20208,178
Persons per household, 2016-20202.77
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2016-202086.4%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2016-202026.9%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2016-202095.7%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2016-202088.8%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202090.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202033.8%
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2016-20207.6%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent16.2%
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202069.6%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202063.4%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c)104,223
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c)65,245
Total transportation and warehousing receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c)26,747
Total retail sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c)572,376
Total retail sales per capita, 2017(c)$25,255
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2016-202030.6
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$66,003
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$28,651
Persons in poverty, percent8.6%


All employer firms, Reference year 2017600
Men-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017356
Women-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017S
Minority-owned employer firms, Reference year 201775
Nonminority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017427
Veteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 201745
Nonveteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017455


Population per square mile, 20202,488.4
Population per square mile, 20102,477.6
Land area in square miles, 20209.02
Land area in square miles, 2010