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The North Carolina Justice Academy is a division of the North Carolina Department of Justice. Created in 1973, the Academy offers training programs to criminal justice personnel, provides technical assistance to criminal justice agencies upon request, and develops and distributes educational and training materials.
The Academy’s Training Division has a team of experienced, dedicated instructors organized into five centers: Legal, Law Enforcement Leadership, Commission/In-Service, Tactical/Traffic, and Investigations. Working with the Training Division is a Support Division that operates a 20,000-volume library, a video production unit, a full-service print shop, a graphic arts department, an institutional research team, and housekeeping and maintenance services. It also manages the Academy’s online registration and course delivery system, Acadis (
The Academy has two campuses. The original campus in Salemburg has a long educational history. Established in 1875 as Salem Academy, the campus later became Pineland School for Girls, Pineland Junior College, Edwards Military Institute, and finally Southwood College. There are eighteen classrooms, a 200,000-square-foot driving track, three outdoor firing ranges, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, three residence halls, the aforementioned library, and other practical exercise areas.
In September 1998, the Academy’s second campus opened in Edneyville, on the site of the former Edneyville High School. It was named the Larry T. Justus Western Justice Academy in 2004 in honor of Representative Larry T. Justus. The campus has nine classrooms, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, a residence hall, and a state-of-the-art indoor firing range.
In 2017, the Western Regional Crime Laboratory in Asheville moved into a new $15 million facility at the Edneyville campus. The crime lab performs blood-alcohol and toxicology tests, firearm analysis, DNA tests, and other services for western North Carolina law enforcement agencies.