Samarcand Training Academy

Occupying 430 acres in Moore County, Samarcand Training Academy provides basic, in-service and advanced training for DPS law enforcement agencies, as well as correctional officers, probation/parole officers and juvenile justice employees. Other local, state and federal agencies also may conduct training at the facility from time to time.

Originally opened in 1914 as a boys open-air school, the campus was repurposed in 2013 when the NC General Assembly allocated funding to convert the former school into a corrections and law enforcement training center. The state legislature initially designated $10.4 million to renovate 14 buildings in Phase I and two years later earmarked another $2.89 million to build the Academy’s Firearms Training Center. The newly-established training facility opened in fall 2015, while the Academy’s firearms training center, with a range house and two outdoor ranges, opened in June 2017. The NC General Assembly designated an additional $8.5 million in 2016 for Phase II construction to renovate three additional dormitories, an academic building and construct a new dining hall which opened spring 2019.

Samarcand offers 11 classrooms, dormitory space to house 172 students and 14 instructors, a newly constructed dining hall, and a firearms training center with two ranges and a range house.. The campus also includes a state-of-the-art use of force training simulator, and an obstacle and conditioning course.



Samarcand's Mission

To provide a training facility that enhances and encourages the ability of North Carolina Department of Public Safety employees to learn and develop the skills necessary to safeguard and preserve the lives and property of North Carolinians through prevention, protection and preparation, with integrity and honor.